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Dog been under weather for 48 hrs now breathing very heavily

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dog been under weather for 48 hrs
now breathing very heavily and rapidly almost like a pant
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Amanda, I'm sorry to hear of this with Strummer. When the respiratory rate exceeds 30 breaths/minute at rest or when a dog is asleep, that dog is in trouble due to considerable pain, advanced cardiopulmonary disorders, or any metabolic disease that causes a metabolic acidosis (the blood becomes too acid/low pH). It's important that such a dog is attended to by a vet at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.