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My dog is 14 and was sleeping and started breathing hard and

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My dog is 14 and was sleeping and started breathing hard and fast. When I petted her she slowed down some but is still breathing faster than normal. what should I do
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 6 months ago.

Hello,

At this age, you must proceed very carefully. Any type of accelerated or labored breathing would constitute a emergency, because we don't know if its related to heart disease, a primary lung problem, possible nausea, or even a recent seizure. It's a very wide list to consider, but all very serious.

Unfortunately, we have no way to treat her at home under these circumstances. If any fast breathing persists for another 1/2 hour or if she gets worse, you'll want to get to a vet this evening.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 6 months ago.

I hope all is going okay. May I be of any further assistance?

Dr. Andy