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My dog is panting, with her mouth closed and holding her read

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My dog is panting, with her mouth closed and holding her read up really high. Her tongue is dry and cold. What could it be??
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 years ago.

Can you check her gums- are they pink, blue or pale?
Does she have an abdominal effort to her breathing?
What kind of dog is this?
Is she coughing?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Gums are pale, abdominal effort-yes, miniature pinscher, she's not coughing.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 years ago.

With pale gums and labored breathing she should be seen right away. My main worry is anemia- low red blood cells.

In an older dog, I would worry about a bleeding mass. In a dog this young, my main worry would be IMHA (immune mediated hemolytic anemia). This is an auto-immune disease where the body fights off it's own red blood cells. These guys need aggressive immuno-suppressive therapy and blood transfusions. They usually have an ~ 70% survival with aggressive management.

Here is a good link with more info:

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Would this just happen all of the sudden? She seemed fine earlier today and has never had this problem before.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 years ago.
Yes, it can come on fairly suddenly- usually over 1-2 days but it can be quicker.

Hopefully it's something else, but any time there is labored breathing or pale gums I would want to see the dog right away.
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