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Help With Your Dog's Wheezing With These Tips and Tricks

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You wake up one morning and hear your pup coughing and wheezing. Your first instinct may be to panic, but in many cases, wheezing may only be the result of seasonal  allergies or bacteria. 

Wheezing is a condition that affects the respiratory tract and causes symptoms that include nasal discharge, coughing, whistling, and difficulty breathing. It’s prevalent among certain dog breeds but can occur in all dogs. In this article, we’ll go over the main causes of dog wheezing and show you how you can deal with it.

What Are the Common Causes of Dog Wheezing?

Dog wheezing can be caused by a variety of factors. Some dogs wheeze because of poor health or weight gain. Others experience wheezing when they inhale part of a toy or snag a bone out of the trash. Here, we’ll show you the common causes of dog wheezing.

Seasonal Allergies

Dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies due to grass, pollen, and dust mites just like humans. These allergies can cause irritation to the throat and lungs. This can make breathing more difficult, resulting in wheezing or a whistling sound. Dogs who suffer from seasonal allergies may only show symptoms certain times of the year, while others may have them year-round.

Obstruction From a Foreign Body

Dogs are playful. It’s one of the many reasons we love them. Unfortunately, play is one of the leading causes of breathing problems in dogs. Dogs who chew on sticks, balls, bones, and other toys can accidentally inhale pieces that obstruct their airways. Dogs who get into the garbage are also more likely to suffer from obstructions.

If your floofer is experiencing difficulty breathing due to an obstruction, go to your vet immediately. These problems should not be treated at home because the dog may have swallowed additional debris that can cause further problems in the digestive tract.

How to Help When Your Dog is Wheezing

Dog wheezing: A pug with a bandaid cuddles with a teddy bear with a bandaid

If your dog experiences wheezing for a short period of time and then returns to normal, there’s probably nothing to worry about. Just monitor your pup and mention it to the veterinarian during your next scheduled appointment. For minor breathing problems, you can help make your dog more comfortable and assist him or her  at home.

Seasonal Allergy Aids

If your dog’s wheezing is caused by seasonal allergies, try to limit contact with known allergens and triggers. Think about walking your dog mid-day rather than early in the morning or in the evening when allergens tend to be more prevalent. 

You can also help your furry friend by using pet wipes to remove allergens after each walk or using a gentle shampoo to help wash away irritants during peak allergy season. Air purifiers and humidifiers are also great tools to help clean the air inside your home and lessen the risk of seasonal allergies.You can also give your dog allergy support chews. Try to limit the use of scented products in your home. Dogs are particularly susceptible to cigarette smoke so avoid smoking in your home as much as possible.

Removing Foreign Obstructions

If you suspect that your dog has eaten something that is blocking his airway, head to the vet immediately. Pet owners can help prevent foreign obstructions by monitoring playtime. 

Don’t let your dog chew on sticks, which splinter easily, and replace any toys that are broken or frayed to prevent choking. Keep tempting treats, like rawhide, out of reach if they may cause your pet harm when eaten unsupervised. Take bones and meat wrappings to the outdoor trash whenever possible, and use a sturdy trash can that can be placed in a secure cupboard to limit access.

Support Your Pet’s Health and Reduce Wheezing

Dog wheezing: an older woman sits on the porch with her happy, baying beagle

For the most part, wheezing is a treatable condition in most dogs. Keep your dog’s immune system healthy to help with wheezing. Avoid triggers that can cause allergic reactions and wheezing by timing your walks when pollen counts are low and using purifiers to keep the air in your home clean.

In some cases, you’ll need to take your dog to the vet to deal with wheezing. Head to your local animal hospital if you’re unsure.

Wheezing can be an uncomfortable experience for your dog. Reduce your pet's panic by talking in a calm, soothing voice or giving your dog a calming soft chew. Give your furry friend lots of love and affection and try to make things as comfortable as possible. After the wheezing subsides, hit the trails or take your dog to their favorite spot for playtime. The exercise will help improve their overall health.