Why Is My French Bulldog Breathing So Fast: Seeing your Frenchie breathing at a quicken rate, be it awake or asleep can be alarming. There is no need to panic, depending on the age of your dog. Most of the time, your Frenchie is just reacting to some kind of event that has excited them or just plain exercise.
While they are sleeping, this can be due to vivid dreaming. But there can be other reasons why this is happening including the following, heat stroke, anemia, Onion Poisoning, heart failure and fluid on the lungs.
What are the normal breathing rates for dogs
There is a difference between puppies and adults breathing, and it can differ from the temperature they are experiencing to the exercise they have participated in. The following guide from the Animal Emergency Center will give you a good understanding.
|Puppies Normal Rate||15‐40 Breaths/minute|
|Dogs Normal Rate||10‐30 Breaths/minute|
|Toy Breeds Normal Rate||15‐40 Breaths/minute|
|Dogs That Are Panting||Up To 200 Pants/minute|
Fast Breathing While Sleeping
Like us, dogs will dream throughout their sleeping pattern. This is part of the REM process. REM refers to “rapid eye movement,” and is indicated by the rapid movement of your Frenchies eyes under their eyelids as they dream. This part of the sleep cycle will come with a lot of brain activity.
Your Frenchie may use more energy during this time frame. They will begin to breathe more rapidly to take in extra oxygen, that can then be transported from the lungs into the bloodstream and converted into energy.
The REM phase of a puppy would be much more intense than that of a grown french bulldog as they go into REM sleep more often.
It’s most likely your Frenchie is dreaming about chasing something around the yard. Older dogs will tend not to breath rapidly for extended periods in their sleep though.
While a short duration of rapid breathing is appropriate, longer durations can be a red flag and can indicate an underlying problem with your French Bulldog health.
It is impossible to determine the cause of your dogs breathing difficulties, and you will need to visit your veterinarian. Here are some examples that could be affecting your Frenchies fast breathing both awake and asleep.
Heat Stroke And Fast Breathing
Suppose your Frenchie becomes too hot and unable to decrease their temperature by panting (breathing quickly). In that case, they can develop heat strokes, this can become serious and can even kill them.
If your French Bulldogs shows signs of heat exhaustion, move them to a cool, shady spot and try to get them to your vet as soon as possible. Frenchies are more susceptible to heat strokes, as well as very old dogs.
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First Aid For Heat Stroke
|Move your Frenchie to a shaded and cool area.||Douse your Frenchie immediately with cool water to prevent shock. If appropriate, you could also use a wet towel or put them in front of a fan.|
|Allow you French Bulldog to drink small amounts of cool water.||Keep dousing you Frenchie with cold water until their breathing is not as quick and they start to settle.|
Anemia And Fast Breathing
Rapid breathing is a symptom of anemia. Though rapid breathing alone should not be seen as the only indicator your dog is suffering from anemia. Dog anemia is a condition which leads to a reduction of red blood cells, haemoglobin or both in the circulatory system.
Red blood cells, as well as main haemoglobin purpose is to take oxygen from the lungs to other areas of the body. There are several forms of dog anemia which can affect you Frenchie with various symptoms.
Severe forms of the disease may present life-threatening symptoms to your Frenchie. Still, with proper veterinary care, mild forms can be controlled, and your Frenchie recover.
Here are several signs that you can look for and obtain veterinary care if you see a combination of them:
|Rapid breathing||Fast pulse|
|Pale gums||Discoloration of the skin|
|Weakness and tiredness||Lack of appetite|
Based on the type of anemia your Frenchie is suffering from, your vet can propose the following options for treatment:
|Potassium phosphate supplements||Blood transfusion|
|Gastrointestinal medication||Antibiotics if bacterial infection|
|Immunosuppressive drugs||Parasite or de-worming medications|
|Bone marrow transfusion||Intravenous fluids|
Onion Poisoning And Fast Breathing
Your Frenchies fast breathing can also be a symptom of onion poisoning.
You should never allow your French Bulldog to eat onions. In reality, onions are among the most hazardous food they could consume.
It turns out that eating too much onion can harm the red blood cells of your Frenchie. Potentially leading to a serious health condition called hemolytic anemia.
Onions contain a compound which is poisonous to dogs called N-propyl disulphide. This compound is a sulfur compound, and this is the core reason why the onions are so harmful to dogs.
Onion poisoning inhibits red blood cells from distributing oxygen adequately throughout the body. This is bad enough in itself, but it also fools your Frenchies brain into believing that its own red blood cells are toxic.
Symptoms of Onion Poisoning
|Loss of appetite||Pale gums|
|Elevated heart rate||Vomiting|
|Diarrhea||Lack of coordination|
Treating Onion Poisoning
Your Frenchies stomach must be flushed to eliminate the residual poison, or it may be forced to vomit. Often activated charcoal is used to eliminate the poison in the intestine. IV fluids can be used to aid to flush your Frenchies bloodstream and ensure good hydration.
Your French Bulldog will then be closely watched until the body begins generating sufficiently healthy red blood cells again.
Heart Failure And Fast Breathing
Rapid breathing is also one of the symptoms of heart failure is a phrase used to refer to a heart that can no longer do its job. More specifically, the heart can not pump the blood around the body.
Typically caused by a deficiency of the valve, on either the left-hand side or right side of the heart. But there are many other potential causes of heart failure.
Symptoms of Heart Failure
As the disease advances, you may realize the symptoms of your Frenchie worsening. Some of the most common forms of heart failure symptoms are:
|Rapid breathing||Frequent cough|
|Difficulty sleeping||Fluid in the abdomen|
Heart Failure treatment ultimate objective is to reduce fluid from around the heart. So that it can operate more effectively, in pumping blood into the lungs and other body parts.
The secondary objective of the treatment is to decrease your French Bulldog side effects, so they’re more comfortable. Among the most common treatments are:
|Calcium Channel Blockers||Digoxin|
Fluid On The Lungs And Fast Breathing
Rapid breathing is also a symptom of Fluid on the lungs. Fluid on the lungs is often associated with pneumonia though many other potential explanations exist. Normal lungs possess fluid that is migrated from the lungs into the body. This process continues for healthy normal function.
Any additional pressure in your Frenchies lungs can harm this process, leading to an accumulation of fluid in the lungs. When this excess fluid isn’t removed, it forms edema.
Damage can result if this condition persists untreated, but the outcome is optimistic when properly treated.
Symptoms of Fluid On The Lungs
|Rapid breathing||Dry cough|
|Crackling noises during breathing||Open-mouth breathing|
The method of therapy will be based on the condition of the illness. Oxygen could be used to assist your Frenchie to breathe, while some fluids may be given to assist fluid flow inside your French Bulldogs body.
It is suggested that rest can assist in the healing time of your Frenchie. Diuretics have also successfully reduced edema, as they function to force excess water and liquids out of the body.
At the end of the day, your Frenchie will most likely be just reacting to a dream excitement or exercise. Be vigilant though and if you have any doubts, make sure you see you Vet as soon as possible.