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What causes heavy breathing and shortness of breath in pit

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what causes heavy breathing and shortness of breath in pit bulls
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello, Thanks for your question about Tucker. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian with Just Answer. Heavy breathing and shortness of breath can be caused by many things: allergies; heartworm; respiratory infection (bacterial, fungal, viral); heart disease. Can he breathe with his mouth closed? Are his gums pink? If his gums are pale or if he has to open his mouth to get enough air, that is a sign this could be serious. How long has he been doing this? Is there any coughing?
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Can read with his mouth closed. Gums are pink. He is not coughing.
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Those are all good signs. Heart problems, heartworm, and serious infections are less likely. He could still have allergies, or a mild infection. Being overweight, hypothyroidism, chronic pain, Cushing's disease, can also cause heavy breathing and shortness of breath. I would consider having him examined, listening to his heart and lungs with a stethoscope, or possibly even a chest Xray if you are worried.
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I'm just following up on our conversation about Tucker. How is everything going?
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How is Tucker doing? Can I help with or answer anything else? Was this helpful?
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