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My dog is having difficulty breathing- quick with mouth

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My dog is having difficulty breathing- quick with mouth closed. Nose is wet and cold and he seems normal (has an appetite and such) just maybe wants to be alone a bit more (usually a snuggle pup). Should I take him in? What could be causing this or something I could do to help him breath easier? He is a 7 year old ***** *****
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Without question, this is worth an ER vet visit. I have a few golden rules I always try to follow when making over the internet recommendations when to get to an ER vet.

Some of the examples include:

1. Any type of tremor, shaking, shivering

2. Any type of irregular breathing, excessive panting, or labored breathing

3. Any acute onset of swelling anywhere in the body

4. Irregular bleeding from mouth, nose, in the stool

So, difficult or labored breathing can be quite serious. It could suggest severe nausea, pain, heart disease, primary lung disease, as a few concerns.

Wish I could do more. Worth the ER trip.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Dexter. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy