Dog wheezing can be an alarming and a panicking event for most dog owners, because your dog would look as if he is having an asthma attack. However, dog wheezing in most cases can be an easy problem with easy solutions as well.
Several reasons may lead to dog wheezing, and I’ll be discussing them in this article and also I’ll show you some of the best procedures you should do as a dog owner to reduce the chances of catching this condition.
What are the causes of dog wheezing?
Probably the most common reasons of dog wheezing are due to changes of environment. The following are the most common ones:
- Allergies: some of the most common triggers of allergies are air-born allergens such as cigarettes smoke, chemicals for household, pesticides, insect’s bites and of course dust. These allergens irritate your dog’s airways and cause him to wheeze. Everything about allergies
- Upper respiratory problems: it may cause chest congestion and may lead to dog wheezing. Some of the most common problems include: kennel cough which is a dry hacking cough that accompanies your dog’s wheezing. Asthma which affects dogs as a result of allergic reactions to some air-corn allergens, it’s usually accompanied with sneezing. Bronchitis also has a dry cough which can be accompanied with wheezing and gagging.
- Heartworms: you should give your dog heartworms medications if you live in a place where mosquitoes are abundant. Heartworms often reside in mosquitoes which transmit it to dog through their bites. Dog which get infected may exhibit serious health problems and become very sick.
- Heat strokes: when your dog is exposed to high temperature levels such as sunlight, he can show wheezing along with heavy panting or even vomiting.
What to do when my dog starts wheezing?
It depends on how long does the wheezing take; usually if the dog wheezing lasts between 15 to 20 minutes and stops; then there’s nothing serious here. However, if it lasts longer than 25 minutes, then your dog needs to visit the vet. More signs include the following:
- Loss of appétit
- Dry coughing Common causes of coughing
- Nose bleeding
- Pale or blue gums
- Shortage in breathing
How do I decrease dog wheezing?
As an experienced dog owner, I’d like to give the following most common and effective tips that may help you reduce the chances of your dog wheezing:
- Use air purifiers and humidifiers to purify and humidify the air because dry air irritates your dog air ways and lead him to wheeze.
- Use Vitamin C to boost your dog’s immune system because dogs with weak immune system may develop dog wheezing.
- Write down all allergens you have in the house and try to eliminate them; allergens include cigarettes, dust and pollen.
- Avoid using air fresheners and candles that have nice scent because they might irritate your dog.
- Don’t smoke when your dog is around or smoke outside the house if you feel the urge to.
- Clean air ducts, vents and regularly bathe your dog. How to bathe your dog?