WHAT IS RESPIRATION?
Respiration is the process of gas exchange between the living body and the environment. Dogs and cats, just like people, extract oxygen from the surrounding air and in return release carbon dioxide. The lungs serve as the location in which this gas exchange occurs. Respiration Rate is the number of times your dog or cat takes a breath in a minute.
Note that panting in dogs is not respiration! Because dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, panting is part of the way dogs cool themselves.
WHAT’S THE NORMAL RANGE?
Depending on individual and environmental factors, respiration rate usually ranges between 10 and 36 breaths per minute at rest.