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My puppy Pug started breathing rapidly over the last couple

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Hi! My puppy Pug started breathing rapidly over the last couple of hours. Like you can see her breathing. She seemed tired all of the sudden but wouldn't put her head down. Kind of like a kid saying "I'm not tired" when you know they are.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

The two things you have described - increased effort breathing and reluctance to put her head down - indicate a pretty significant problem in her lungs. I'm worried about pneumonia is a little one like her.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

She would benefit from supplemental oxygen right now. I highly recommend getting her to a local emergency vet. I would start with a physical exam and x-rays of her chest. She may need to be hospitalized for a few days until she is stable to go home.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I really feel like it's something she ate. She doesn't yelp or anything when I pick her up.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We live in California so I kind of doubt pneumonia
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is 39 breathes a minute very bad?
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

No, 39 breaths/minutes isn't terrible. It could indicate pain rather than respiratory distress. Do you think she ate anything unusual?

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Pneumonia is caused by infectious organisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi - this can happen anywhere.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she ate some steak that fell on the floor. she has never had people food before this. It started about 45 min after that. We have chickens too and sometimes she gets into their poop but we catch it right away. She was also chewing on a stick.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hmm. Both the steak and the stick could cause issues. The steak could cause GI upset or possibly obstruction if she ingested a large enough chunk. The stick could cause a puncture or perforation as well.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I do still think it would be best to err on the side of caution and have her examined tonight. Hopefully we will not find anything serious, but I don't think it is safe to assume that at this point.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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