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My 9 week old puppy has been playing with my family dogs for

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My 9 week old puppy has been playing with my family dogs for 4 hours today and we have just brought him home and he is breathing really fast Is this from the exercise he isn't use too or should we be worried He has drunk alot of water today the only difference is the new exercise
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Does this strange breathing happen all the time or only sometimes? Does the puppy have a cough as well?
Customer: No cough And seems faster tonight than normal
JA: What's the puppy's name?
Customer: Atlas
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Atlas?
Customer: No
Submitted: 20 days ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Its very shallow but fast, its normally quite fast anyway because he's a puppy but seems alot faster tonight
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I understand your concern and hope to be able to help.

Fast breathing after exercise is normal but should not last long. Once the pup has settled, his breathing should return to normal.

If fast breathing continues, we would worry about e.g. heat stroke or heart disease or BUAS if he is a short-nosed breed.

How long has he been breathing quickly for?

Is he breathing more than 40 times a minute?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
I've attached a video
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Hes a rottweiler so isn't a short nose dog
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Thank you.

Certainly this is very fast breathing.

However, he is asleep.

Is it only when he is asleep?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
just asleep
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
He was fine when we picked him up
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Normal breathing
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Just asleep this has started
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

So, it is actually relatively normal for puppies to breathe like this at times when asleep.

This is part of their REM sleep

If breathing is normal once awake, there is nothing at all to worry about.

He is gorgeous by the way!

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** worried about the weather and him being running around more than he ever has. He is drinking water and has wee'd it was just concerning how fast he is breathing asleep
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

As long as that breathing returns to normal when awake, we can be happy there is no medical issue.

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Take care!