puppy breathing heavily/panting only when sleeping.
I just adopted a 4 month old yorkie /pomeranian mix. He seems to be adjusting well to his new home. He is eating, drinking and playing perfectly fine. He is so affectionate, playful and loves to cuddle with me.
The first day i let him take a nap in my bed with me and i noticed he breathes EXTREMELY fast/hard. Like if you watch him you can physically see his stomach move up and down very very fast it almost sounds and looks like he is panting, like what a dog would do after a massive amount of exercise.
I bought him from a farm and he wasn't in very good living conditions, basically just living in a barn, but i have the paper saying he has his first round of shots. I have absolutely no idea what to do or what could be wrong, but it's terrifying me. I just don't understand why this happens only while he's sleeping?
Please don't panic, chances are this is nothing to worry about. It's not unusual for puppies to breathe fast, or erratically, when sleeping and they may even twitch, whine, 'bark' or move around. They're probably just dreaming the way people do.
Most puppies are also anxious and stressed during the first week or so in a new home, and this can lead to a higher heart-rate and faster breathing.
Unless your puppy shows signs of breathing difficulties, excessive lethargy, dizziness, weakness etc. when awake, then I wouldn't be too concerned. Do make sure that you keep his puppy shots on schedule and protect him from coming in contact with areas where other unvaccinated dogs have been.
As long as he's healthy otherwise you should be fine, however if you are still worried or if he shows ANY signs of illness, do discuss this with your vet.
Best of luck with your new puppy.