Dogs at rest have a normal respiration rate of 10 to 35 breaths per minute. I always tell folks to watch and listen to their pets every day. You learn to see patterns in their behavior: how much they eat and drink; how much they sleep and when and where; how they breathe, at rest and after exertion.
All of those things are clues to your animal's health. The best way to recognize when something is abnormal is to be familiar with what's normal. If you've got a hot dog or a heavy breather, here are some guidelines to help you determine if your pet is healthy or having problems.
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Breathing is something we almost don't notice, in ourselves or our dogs. The body regulates breathing automatically, sending signals from the base of the brain down the spine to the muscles that control breathing, telling them to contract and relax on a regular basis. Breathing changes based on factors such as activity level, temperature, the presence of irritants or toxins in the air and emotions such as fearRead More »from 3 Vital Signs to Watch in Your Dog