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My terrier is panting tired and her lower tummy feels cold…

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My bull terrier is panting...
My bull terrier is panting tired and her lower tummy feels cold
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The symptoms you've mentioned are important but not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. In these cases it's important to check vital signs in order to determine the urgency of having her attended to by her vet. 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/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate at rest. She should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 38-39.2C. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

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