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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?
Certainly this is very fast breathing.
However, he is asleep.
Is it only when he is asleep?
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!
As long as that breathing returns to normal when awake, we can be happy there is no medical issue.
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