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Dr. Michael Salkin
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He is an older dog 10-12 years old, not sure as we got m at

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He is an older dog 10-12 years old, not sure as we got him at a shelter. He is taking a lot of short breaths and panting a lot. does not seem to be in pain to any touch
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Riki
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Reiki?
Customer: He has a lot of warts, lumps and bumps on his body
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Tachypnea (increased respiratory rate)/panting represents both medical and behavioral problems. It's often seen with elevated ambient temperature, exercise, anxiety, or perceived pain. To confound the diagnosis further, it's also seen with fever, narcotic administration, glucocorticosteroid (prednisone, e.g.) therapy, Cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism, hypocalcemia, pheocromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), cardiopulmonary disease, tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates), brain disease and obesity. In general, if my patient's respiratory rate exceeds 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest, I want to carefully examine him. Riki's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and X-rays of Riki's heart and lungs.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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

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