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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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My Pom is breathing short very fast breaths or pants last

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My Pom is breathing short very fast breaths or pants for the last few hours. When he's resting it's fast breathing and lifting his head in air trying to lay his head down but. Keeps lifts it to pant. Now he's laying head down and sleeping. but if I ask him to go for walk or treat he jumps Up fine and responding well. He also took a treat just fine. He doesn't usually breath this quickly or lift his head. Please help what to do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. Any 12 year old who is tachypneic (increased respiratory rate) should have his heart and lungs auscultated (listened to) by his vet at your earliest convenience. If he needs to lift his head to breath, I'm concerned that his compromised lungs are further compromised by certain postures - particularly lying down which normally will collapse the lungs resting on the ground. Both cardiovascular (congestive heart failure, e.g.) and respiratory disorders (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, e.g.) are considered in such a patient and so X-ray of his chest are indicated as well.
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