Dog and Puppy First Aid: Respiratory and Neurological

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.

Take your dog to the vet IMMEDIATELY for any signs that your dog may be having a hard time breathing. Or if there is a sudden onset of inability to use limbs, stand, circling, head tilt, and abnormal behaviors.

Respiratory Problems

  • Collapse, weakness, bluish or grey gum color, labored, rapid or shallow breathing, coughing, anxiety, vomiting, wheezing.
  • Ensure that your pet is in a cool environment and do not give anything orally.
  • Call and seek veterinary care immediately.


Neurologic Problems 

  • Inability to use limbs, inability to stand, circling, seizures, head tilt, abnormal behavior, tremors.
  • Seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Neurologic diseases are difficult to treat and often very serious.
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions