Tachypnea in dogs

Tachypnea (Fast Breathing) in Dogs

Overview of Tachypnea in Dogs

Tachypnea, also referred to as polypnea, is an increased rate of breathing. Tachypnea, unlike dyspnea (distressful feeling associated with labored breathing), need not be an indication of distress in dogs.

Causes of Fast Breathing in Dogs

There are many causes of fast breathing in dogs. They may include the following:

Upper Respiratory Causes

Lower Respiratory Causes

Lower respiratory disorders include obstructive (that which clogs or blocks) diseases and restrictive (that which confines) diseases.

Nonrespiratory Causes

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Tachypnea in Dogs

Before any testing is performed, consider any factors that may be causative (heat, stress, overexertion) and eliminate them from your pet’s environment. If tachypnea persists despite removing the possible cause, and/or signs are long standing or progressive, it is important to seek veterinary attention and have tests performed on your pet.

Treatment of Tachypnea in Dogs

Home Care