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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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11 year old Beagle has seemed fine all day. In the last hour

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11 year old Beagle has seemed fine all day long. In the last hour has started trembling and rapidly panting. I have rubbed all over him and have found no sensitive points. The 24 hour emergency veterinarian hospital in our town is backed up for 3 to 3.5 hours. Any ideas of how I can check further or what should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Trembling and panting are usually pain responses but unless supported by other symptoms don't localize where the pain is originating. Please check his vital signs which can give you an idea of the urgency of having him attended to.

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

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

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.