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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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She has no energy to go up the stairs she is breathing heavy

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she has no energy to go up the stairs she is breathing heavy and she won't eat
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Angie is 41/2 months old she usually is very active
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Angie?
Customer: no she just won't walk or move
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

These are very worrisome symptoms in such a young dog yet they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. Angie might be painful, profoundly anemic, suffering from severe cardiopulmonary disease, or any number of serious disorders - both infectious and noninfectious. I need you to check her vital signs 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.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
100.5 and 80 breaths per min.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Thank you. Her respiratory rate alone should prompt a visit to an on-call vet. At that rate she'll become hyperthermic and exhausted. Time is of the essence in such a patient. Please have her attended to at your earliest convenience. Please continue our conversation 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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