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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Why is my diabetic dog breathing so rapidly.

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Why is my diabetic dog breathing so rapidly.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Laura, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. Tachypnea (increased respiratory rate) exceeding 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest is worrisome for advanced cardiopulmonary disorders, pain, anxiety, and any metabolic disorder that can result in metabolic acidosis (too low of a blood pH). Your Schanuzer's diabetes may be out of control or her tachypnea isn't related to her diabetes at all. Most important, if you're seeing tachypnea, she needs to be attended to by a vet at your earliest convenience.