Breathing rate

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Breathing rate

Post by Gems » 04 Dec 2018, 21:26

I’m a new owner of a 9 week old minature schnauzer and I’m a bit worried that he is breathing very fast when he is asleep when I’d expect it to be at its lowest respiration rate.
Hoping it’s just me being an over anxious new owner. All advice welcome!

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Re: Breathing rate

Post by zeta1454 » 05 Dec 2018, 07:08

Hi Gemma and welcome to the Forum :-)

It may be that your puppy is dreaming. A puppy's brain undergoes massive development in the first few months of life and this can mean they breathe fast, twitch and shake their limbs when asleep. However, if you think there is anything more serious, do let a vet examine Einstein if he has not already had a health check up.

If he is fine and active when awake and not coughing or listless, it is probably nothing to worry about. You could video him while asleep if this continues and show the vet when you have him checked out. Have a word with his breeder too who may be able to offer advice, knowing what he was like before he came to live with you.

It is always a worrying time when you first get a puppy. Hopefully this is nothing to be concerned about however.
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Re: Breathing rate

Post by Oscar 12345 » 05 Dec 2018, 09:28

Hi Gemma

I noticed that Otto used to breathe very fast when sleeping when he was a young pup too. I was reassured at the puppy check with the vet when he listened to his heart. It is a bit scary isn't it. If he appears normal at all other times like playing then as Leigh says, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

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Re: Breathing rate

Post by PeggieO » 13 Dec 2018, 11:34

I got worried about the same thing when my pup first arrived and ended up sending a video of it to the vet - was told not to worry. Her breathing seemed to calm down after a few weeks :)

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