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So sorry to hear Gauge is having these signs
I definitely would be more concerned about his heart than his lungs
A normal respiratory rate is under thirty at rest, 30-60 is mildly elevated depending on the weather and activity level, over 60 I consider an emergency
40 was at rest
Unfortunately Dobies are high risk for a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and this is always my first concern with this breed
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Are his gums nice and pink?
He started acting funny last night and I also noticed that his abdomen is swollen. He looks bloated.
His gums are kind of pink
Is he able to rest comfortably or is he pacing/ anxious at all?
Mainly lays down, but not very comfortable. He breathes alot of quick breaths.
Is the abdominal swelling getting bigger the past 24 hours?
I think so.
I am afraid this is very concerning. Do you have a veterinary er in your area?
Yes, I plan on taking him first thing in the morning. I didnt know what I could do for him to make him more comfortable.
It could be bloat or the right side of the heart not functioning well and so the belly is swelling with fluid. Over time the increased pressure puts additional pressure on the diaphragm and restricts his ability to breath
Do you have a veterinary emergency clinic? This might not be able to wait until morning
I think so. I will call right now to see if I can get in touch with someone.
Yes please, I will wait with you
You can call your regular vet clinic
Often they will list who to call in case of emergency on their voice mail
I do not want to scare you but if he is retaining fluid he needs relief asap
They did not have an emergency number. I will see who I can get in touch with.
Would you like me to wait with you?
No, that will be ok. I know that he is in distress. I will try to see someone tonight. I appreciate your help.
OK, you both will truly be in my thoughts
Thank you very much
I would like to schedule a reminder to check in on you both tomorrow. There is no additional charge, I just want to know he will be alright...
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that will be fine. I
OK, I will schedule the reminder once you rated. Good luck to you both
Dr Altman. I appreciate all the help you gave me last night. I was unable to get anyone to call me back from the vet, but I was able to take him this morning. They told me that his heart was starting to fail, but I guess since I caught it soon, they put him on Lasix, Enalapril, and Pimobendan twice a day. He is still a little lethargic but I am hoping that in a couple of days he will be better.