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Fast Breathing

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:28 pm
by chowsimbaa
Hi, I am a first time chow owner and had my dog simba (open face long snout). He is about 1 year 8 months. I've always noticed this and its starting to concern me. Simba pants a lot and I know that is normal for chows; however, even while laying down he has mouth open and his chest moves so fast I can't even count his heart rate. It's super fast and I've noticed this for the past months. He still runs around, eats, drinks plenty of water. It is a bit hot here in Southern California, but should I be concerned or is it normal that chows breath fast and the chest moves faster? I dont wanna take him to the vet just because I am concerned and my lack of knowledge. Anyone can offer any advice and what to look out for if something is wrong ?

Re: Fast Breathing

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 8:12 am
by SunnyBunny
Hi - My chow is 10 years old and has always been a heavy breather - especially in the warmer months (we're in NYC, so that's usually June thru Aug). What makes me stop worrying about it is that I occasionally do hear him slow down during heavy sleep periods (like 3 am). He also snores like a freight train!

As long as your dog is able to get ocassional bouts of calm, I wouldn't be too concerned, but definitely discuss it with your vet on the next visit.