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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our 14 year old lab has started to breath very quickly even

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Our 14 year old lab has started to breath very quickly even though he has not exerted himself at all. The house is air conditioned so it is not a question of heat.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: Nothing is obvious. He seems very happy.
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: No not at all. He is in good health other than the rapid breathing.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: He has been on Meloxyn for the past six month. His name is Bradey.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bradley?
Customer: He's drinking a lot.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Tachypnea (elevated respiratory rate) is worrisome. I need you to do a few things for me...

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

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

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

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