Wed, Jun 5, 2024

She is breathing real fast tongue sticking out but goes in when she sleeps thinkong it may be fleas we cant get rid of

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Rapid breathing and panting in dogs can indeed be concerning, especially if it persists. While fleas can cause discomfort and lead to increased panting due to stress or itching, there are other potential causes to consider as well.

Firstly, it's important to rule out heat and overexertion. Pugs, being brachycephalic dogs with their short snouts, are particularly prone to breathing difficulties, especially in hot weather or after exercise. Make sure she is in a cool, comfortable environment and has access to plenty of water.

If you suspect fleas, you can check her fur for signs such as fleas or flea dirt, which are small black specks. A flea comb can be very helpful in identifying these. If you do find fleas, a thorough flea treatment regimen is necessary. This includes treating your dog with a vet-recommended flea treatment, washing her bedding, and vacuuming your home to remove any flea eggs and larvae.

However, rapid breathing can also indicate more serious conditions such as respiratory infections, heart problems, or even pain. Given that this symptom has been ongoing for a day and is causing concern, I recommend monitoring her closely. If her breathing does not improve or if she shows other signs of distress, lethargy, or discomfort, it would be best to seek veterinary attention promptly.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.