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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a ten year old lab/ catahoulla that has labored breathing

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I have a ten year old lab/ catahoulla that has labored breathing and cannot get his hind legs up
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If Ash has peracutely (suddenly) begun breathing in that fashion and has collapsed, he needs to be seen by an on-call vet at your earliest convenience. Those symptoms aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder but could be life-threatening.
If Ash has been breathing in that manner and it's been difficult for him to rise from a prone position for quite some time, he may simply be painful from geriatric osteoarthritis. Because it's impossible for me to know which scenario exists, it would be prudent to have Ash examined but it might not be as an emergency patient.
Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish. Please let me know if you've already had him attended to.