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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog is being very clingy all of a sudden today. It's been

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My dog is being very clingy all of a sudden today. It's been a few hours. She is relaxed on my lap but her breathing is faster than usual. Not panting right now. She's 12.5 years old, bedlington terrier.
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. Luna's change in behavior and tachypnea (increased respiratory rate) are important but those symptoms aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. In these cases, it's important to determine if Luna needs to be attended to promptly or, instead, "watchful waiting" continues to be more appropriate. I need you to do a few things for me...
1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish-greyish (cyanosis/lack of oxygen to her tissues).
2) Assess her respiratory rate at rest. She should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.
3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute will do. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!
Please respond with the additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.