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My Lab dog (8 years old) has been swimming in a chlorine

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My Lab dog (8 years old) has been swimming in a chlorine swimming pool and appears to have ingested some water, he is slightly distressed but not seriously, cold nose not panting no whining or staggering - just off colour. Advice please. And no he will not go in the pool again!x
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Our studies have shown that chlorinated pool water is safe when ingested by our dogs. Can you clarify "off colour" fo me? I need you to check Bentley's vitals for me, please...

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute at rest.

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bentley. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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