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I have noticed my 10 weeks old puppy is breathing very fast

Customer Question

Hi. I have noticed my 10 weeks old puppy is breathing very fast while sleeping. She eats, drinks , plays without any problems but worry about the breathing
JA: Hi there. I know breathing problems can be worrying. Let's get you talking to the Vet. What's the puppy's name?
Customer: cora
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Cora?
Customer: No
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
File attached (LG2M267)
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I have recorded a video .
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She does not make any sound but her tummy movements are very fast
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
To me it looks like her breath is very fast and shallow but maybe I am wrong …
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Cora.

Is this only while asleep?

When you wake her up, does her breathing settle back to normal?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Hi. Yes, it is only while she is asleep.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Ok, sure.

And if you wake Cora up while breathing fast, her breathing settles quickly?

And her breathing sounds normal?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the breathing sounds normal and yes it settles quickly. There is no panting while she is playing , running or walking .
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Perfect, ok.

Before typing my reply is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
No
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Sure thing.

Please bear with me as I type my reply.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.

I understand your concern for Cora and many owners have this same worry.

It is normal for pups to breathe rapidly while dreaming, during the REM portion of their sleep. They may also whine or kick their legs; though not always.

As long as their breathing returns to normal when woken up, there is no cause for concern at all.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok thank you so much. Take care!
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Of course!

Do you have any further questions tonight?

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