Our little terrier is around seven years old. She’s developed a strange clicking sound when she breathes, and her breathing seems faster even when she is in her bed. Do you think we should get this checked out?

Graham Finch advises…

Yes, you should definitely make an appointment to see your vet, though it’s not immediately clear what the problem might be from your description.

You don’t mention a cough, but this might also be a factor. I am wondering about tracheal problems – some small dogs develop a condition where the windpipe becomes floppy, which produces a narrowing of the airway. Although it is often not possible to cure this condition, it can be managed well with medication.

I suspect your vet will want to do a chest X-ray too, so I hope all goes well.


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