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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Tucker's heavy breathing. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
If you look at his gums, do they seem a normal pink color, or pale?
Does he have to open his mouth and pant to breathe?
Can you take his temperature with a thermometer?
Heavy breathing can be from a respiratory infection, stress, pain, heat, or fever. Is he eating and drinking normally?
Good that his gums are normal and his mouth is closed. Eating is also a good sign.
Everything sounds good, especially now that he is breathing more normally. If his gums are pink and he is eating, this is probably not an emergency. It would be good to get his temperature, to be sure he is not feverish. Keep him eating and drinking, and quiet; no excessive exercise, and see how he is doing.
Let me know what other questions you have.
I have not heard back from you; I hope you were able to see my response. How is Tucker doing now?
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