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Noisy Breathing

Noisy Breathing

Pet has a difficulty to breathe in oxygen; when your pet has a noisy breathing is because the air is trying to pass through passageways that are abnormally narrow. It can be low or high-pitched, and there are many things that can cause it. Perhaps the most common causes of noisy breathing in dogs and cats include stenotic nares, everted laryngeal saccules and laryngeal collapse. Other causes of noisy breathing are nasopharyngeal stenosis, tracheal stenosis and fluid buildup.

How to Recognize

Noisy breathing is a sign that your pet is having difficulty breathing. It can be a high or low-pitched noise. Your pet may also keep its mouth open and extend its head and neck (down low and in front of the body) while breathing.

Causes of Noisy Breathing

Noisy Breathing in pets may be due to stenotic nares, everted laryngeal saccules, laryngeal collapse, nasopharyngeal stenosis, tracheal stenosis, tumors, narrowing of the trachea, or fluid buildup.


Noisy breathing is an emergency; you should bring your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will listen to your pet's breathing and take blood and urine samples. Your pet may also need an X-ray and/or ultrasound of its chest.

Treatment for Noisy Breathing

Treatment depends on the underlying condition. Your pet may need to stay in 24/7 veterinarian care until its breathing returns to normal and he/she is fully oxygenated. You should try to encourage your pet to rest when you return home.

Pet Insurance

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.

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