The pet experiences a short of breath - dogs and cats can display an excessive panting for different reasons which include obesity, heart problems and lung diseases. Problems such as obesity can be treated by changing your cat or dog's diet. If you notice your cat or dog panting excessively it is advised to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause, also in the case of obesity, as changing your pet's diet can have affect your pet's health it is important ask your veterinarian for advise.
How to Recognize
When dogs are panting, they will breathe with their mouths open and make relatively quick and loud noises while they breathe. Dogs' tongues will usually hang out as they pant. It is normal for all dogs to pant but excessive panting can be a sign of an underlying issue.
Causes of Excessive Panting
Excessive panting may be due to obesity, heart problems, or lung disease/respiratory problems. It can also be a sign that a pet is suffering from heatstroke or intense pain.
Treatment for Excessive Panting
You should provide your pet with water when they start to pant and move him or her to a cool area. If your pet continues to pant, bring him/her to your vet. If your pet is suffering from a respiratory or heart condition, your vet will be able to treat your pet accordingly. Obesity can be cared for with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.