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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 13 year old lab that has been panting a lot and her

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I have a 13 year old lab that has been panting a lot and her breathing at night is fast and shallow. she coughs a lot too and her nose drips more than usual.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bella
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bella?
Customer: she is not overweight. sometimes she sounds like she has phlegm in her throat
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Please don't hesitate to have Bella's chest auscultated (listened to) and X-rayed. While any age dog can contract a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") our geriatric dogs are more at risk for serious cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure, chronic sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD), and neoplasia in the chest cavity. I need you to check a few things for me, please:

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

2) Check her respiratory rate . She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her 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 3 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin