One of the most important things to remember when dealing with a hyperventilating pooch is that they are usually in a state of panic. This does not usually help matters and may even worsen the breathing difficulties in cases like anxiety and asthma-induced hyperventilation.
Your first order of business if your dog is gasping for air, panting, or shaking should be to calm down the obviously stressed out dog.
Here are a few easy ways you can do this.
Get The Dog To A Cool And Airy Spot
This will usually solve the problem with most non-fatal causes of hyperventilation in dogs. If you are outdoors, find a place with a nice shade like a covered porch or under a tree and let the pooch rest.
If you are indoors or even in a car, consider popping open a window and letting the dog hang their head out for a nice breeze of fresh air.
Talk To And Pet The Pooch
In some cases, all your dog needs to stop hyperventilating is to feel safe. This works really well for dogs suffering from anxiety attacks or even extreme pain. The comfort and safety they get from your attention in this case will work wonders.
So simply let your dog lay on your lap if they are comfortable doing so and speak to them in calm and gentle tones.
Remove Any Obvious Stressors
These can be items that trigger the dog’s anxiety or phobias. It can also be allergens causing reactions that result in the hyperventilating behaviour that you are working so hard to deal with.
Whatever the case, if you suspect that it is making matters worse, just remove it swiftly from your dog’s environment.
Get Your Vet Involved
Finally, it is important to understand and appreciate that there are some causes of hyperventilation in dogs that no amount of cuddles or fresh air will ever help with.
It is therefore best to call your vet for some input even as you try any of the other strategies we have highlighted. Veterinary professionals are in the best position to pick out danger signs and to advise you on what to do in the event that your dog is in life-threatening danger.