Wheezing is a certain indicator that your pooch is having trouble breathing, but this is only a broad explanation, and there are several reasons a dog may be finding it difficult to breathe properly.
Some of the more common causes of wheezing attacks in dogs include:
Dogs are triggered by a lot of natural and artificial agents, and one main reason for wheezing in a pooch, is a reaction to one or more of the several allergens present in its environment.
Dust, cigarette smoke, pollen or smoke are just some of the allergens responsible for dog wheezing. And wheezing in this situation is typically accompanied by nasal discharge, itchiness, vomiting and diarrhea, among others.
Another major cause of wheezing attacks in dogs is an infection of the respiratory tract. If your dog makes weird breathing noises, it may be suffering from any of the respiratory tract infections that commonly affect canines such as kennel cough, canine influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and canine asthma, among others.
Additionally, fluid build-up in the lungs, known medically as pulmonary edema, may also be responsible for your canine’s wheezing.
Increased wheezing in your dog can also be a sign that parasites such as hookworms, nasal mites and roundworms have made their home in your doggie’s lungs and airways; This leads to irritation and inflammation of the respiratory organs, which, in turn, makes it increasingly difficult for a dog to breathe, hence, wheezing.
Foreign Objects In The Throat
If your dog keeps coughing and gagging like he’s choking, then it probably has a stick, stone or a bone piece stuck up its throat; These foreign objects block the doggie’s airways, thereby making it quite difficult for the dog to breathe.
You can tell that your canine has a foreign body lodged in its throat if it sounds like he’s snoring while asleep or when it constantly paws at its throat in an attempt to dislodge the object. In this case, prompt medical attention is needed to ensure the safety of your furry friend.
Certain canine breeds such as the short-nosed, brachycephalic dogs typically have breathing difficulties due to their shortened nasal passages.
And over-exertion during physical exercises makes it significantly more difficult for such dogs to breathe, thereby resulting in wheezing.
Other causes of wheezing attacks in dogs include:
- Heat stroke