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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My kitten is about 5 almost 6 months old. She has been

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My kitten is about 5 almost 6 months old. She has been breathing rather heavily. About 50-60 breaths per minute. She acts completely normal
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your kitten?
Customer: My kitten is about 5 almost 6 months old. She has been breathing rather heavily. About 50-60 breaths per minute. She acts completely normal
JA: Where does your kitten seem to hurt?
Customer: Are you a robot?
JA: Yes, I'm a bot. I make the process of talking to the vet more efficient and affordable by asking basic questions. Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No she is acting normal. Heavy breathing.
JA: Is your kitten eating normally?
Customer: Yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is your kitten having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: No
JA: OK. No obvious problems there. How is your kitten behaving differently?
Customer: Breathing is heavy
JA: What is the kitten's name?
Customer: Serana
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Serana?
Customer: Her breathing is between 50 to 60 breaths per minute
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Serana, please? A persistent respiratory rate exceeding 30 breaths per minute at rest or while asleep is worrisome for significant respiratory compromise which can arise from primary cardiopulmonary disorders (asthma, cardiomyopathy, e.g.), thoracic effusions (free fluid in the chest cavity), or metabolic disorders that affect the cardiopulmonary system.