4. Breathing difficulties
These symptoms can be signs of a number of health conditions, ranging from a chest infection or cold to allergies or other respiratory illnesses.
Dogs should breathe 15 to 20 times a minute at rest, and a cat should breathe 20 to 30 times a minute at rest.
If your pet is breathing a lot more or a lot less, or panting without physical exertion, he may need medical attention.
Cats and dogs can develop seasonal allergies to pollen and other allergens, or they may be reacting to something in your home, such as perfumes, chemical air fresheners or cleaning agents, all of which are highly poisonous to humans and animals alike.
Other potential problems that may result in the inability of your pet to breathe normally include the canine or feline version of the flu, a cold, heart disease, aspiration pneumonia and kennel cough.
Don’t leave a suspected cold or chest infection untreated, as swelling in the airways can lead to serious complications that could even threaten the life of your beloved pooch or kitty. See your vet to find out what the problem is and to get some medication to help your pet breathe a little more easily.