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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Do you feel comfortable saying that you are certain his gums were not red before?
2- Is he coughing?
3- Is he lethargic?
Friend, the redness could be gingivitis which is very common. However, when we put all of his symptoms together of: Red gums (hyperemic), panting excessively, lethargy, etc. this could also be symptoms associated with heart or lung disease. For this reason I would strongly recommend a hands on examination with a veterinarian, on history alone it will be difficult to determine if this is related to the heart/lungs or not. To be on the safe side I would have him checked tonight by ER veterinarian if this was my dog.
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