Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I have an 11 year old miniature dachshund with lethargy,

Customer Question
I have an 11...

I have an 11 year old miniature dachshund with lethargy, rapid breathing ( abdominal) and rapid heart rate. No sign of bloat. Cold nose. Vomiting small amounts of what looks like spit.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dachshund?

She has had a abdominal torsion before and sugary corrected but she is not act the same this time. Also was diagnosed with heart worms 6 years ago and it was decided it was not a good idea to treat.

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
8/5/2017
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 23,438
Experience: Hello, I am a small animal veterinarian and am happy to discuss any concerns & questions you have on any species.
Verified

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long has she been showing signs?

Can she keep any food or water down?

Any coughing?

Are her gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count her breaths for 10 seconds + multiply by 6)?

If you feel her heart rate is >160 beats per minute, can you also take a heart rate for me (same way as breathing rate but counting the beats you can feel when you have your hand on her chest)? Does the beat feel regular or erratic?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Symptoms started about 1am est. I heard her under my bed trying to vomit. Nothing is coming out except for clear spit. She will not eat or drink. Turns away when offered. Coughing with gagging. Very noisy breathing sounds like an air pump. Imagine old bicycle pump or BP cuff. Gums and tongue pale and sticky. No pain, discomfort or bloating in stomach area. No access to anything she could have eaten. Respiration 120 but vary. Very hard to get heart rate due to labored breathing, I can feel it but can't count it.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Oh dear,

No worries if you cannot get the heart rate, but to hear her gums are pale with all of this on top of that 4x elevated breathing rate is a real worry here.

Now while she shouldn't be at risk of torsion if she has had a surgical pexy, we do still have some concern about a compromised gut (possibly from a broken down pexy but possible blockage or trauma causing internal bleeding or compromise to the gut circulation would also fit with these signs). That said, with her heartworm history, I cannot exclude a emboli lodged in a major vessel or her lungs. Of course, if she has severe heartworm disease they can block heart valves and cause all of what we are seeing. And given there has been more of a cough/gag her along with the other signs those heart complications are top suspects here.

In any case, with that gum color telling us that her circulation is compromised and she isn't getting enough oxygen (even with how much quicker she is breathing), this is unfortunately an emergency situation. We need her on oxygen at the very least and would want the local vet to assess her heart and her gut. If we have heart failure or an emboli from the heartworm issues there are medications that can try to manage it even if the parasite isn't treated for. And if we can address that +/- any GI issue afoot we'd hope to get her stable here and avoid her collapsing on you.

In this situation, just in case you do wish to see an ER vet, you can check @ http://www.vetlocator.com/ or https://www.veccs.org/facility-directory/

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

******************************************************************************

I aim to provide best care for you just as I do for my own clients & their pets. If you have any other questions, please ask – I’m happy to help but please rate me with the **STARS** (or leave a written rating of 1-5; 5 being great) as this is the only way I am credited for my work by the site & this allows me to continue to help here. This is included in your question fee. Once you rate, your question will not close & you can still ask follow-up questions. Thank you. : )**

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. B. Your Own Question
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Dr. B., Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 23,438
23,438 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Hello, I am a small animal veterinarian and am happy to discuss any concerns & questions you have on any species.

Dr. B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,499 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,947 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
She is a minature schnauzer and was diagnosed with
She is a minature schnauzer and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,182 satisfied customers
What does it mean when my 12 year old dog pants so hard when
What does it mean when my 12 year old dog pants so hard when she is sleeping … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,415 satisfied customers
My dog is breathing very rapidly while lying down. 15 years old. Shitz
My dog is breathing very rapidly while lying down. 15 years old. Shitztsu. Has collapsing trachea. Took potassium bromide 250 at 6:30 to prevent seizures. Also took clavomox, 1/4 turbotrol & 1/2 theop… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,089 satisfied customers
Pug rattles, most like congestion and snores. Snoring
Pug rattles, most like congestion and snores. Snoring doesn't bother me but the rattling sound does. I am giving her children Zyrtec. She is 11.....she sounds like a child that's nose is congested.… read more
Dr. Stacy
Dr. Stacy
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
651 satisfied customers
My 4 month old Morkie has seemed bloated today, he has vomited
My 4 month old Morkie has seemed bloated today, he has vomited 4 times, mostly frothy looking, recently had lots of loose stool. Otherwise seems to be acting normal. I just noticed though he seems mor… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
16,499 satisfied customers
My 10 year old English Springer Spaniel is having some issues
My 10 year old English Springer Spaniel is having some issues - her breathing is shallow and rapid and her abdomen will seize up and she almost tries to vomit, but not quite. She's been acting this wa… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,089 satisfied customers
My 11 year old corgi has a distended/somewhat tight abdomen
My 11 year old corgi has a distended/somewhat tight abdomen but is otherwise acting fine. Her respiration and heart rate seem normal, her temp is normal, and her capillary refill is normal. She has an… read more
Denise Colgrove
Denise Colgrove
Relief veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
6,383 satisfied customers
Our 15-year old Maltese sems to have a bloated abdominal area.
Our 15-year old Maltese sems to have a bloated abdominal area. She is otherwise fine--eating, urinating, sleeping, chasing her favorite toy, etc. She is breathing fine and not showing any signs of dis… read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
I have a Jack Russell Terrier, Fred, (approx 8 yrs old), whom
I have a XXXXX XXXXX Terrier, Fred, (approx 8 yrs old), whom was given to me about a year ago by a neighbor when she had to check into an alcohol re hab center and was no longer able to care for him. … read more
Dr. Norman Bayne
Dr. Norman Bayne
Practice Owner
Doctoral Degree
634 satisfied customers
My black labrador mix is 11 yrs old and is short of breath
My black labrador mix is 11 yrs old and is short of breath x 4 months and getting worse. I thought it was the heat. My vet thinks there is a cardiac reason since there is rapid heart rate after minima… read more
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,872 satisfied customers
Our 11 year old miniature dachshund tested positive today for
Our 11 year old miniature dachshund tested positive today for heartworms. She is having difficulty breathing and her heartrate is very rapid. The vet put her on furosemide and asked that she be brough… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
Our 7 year old Yorkie female is breathing very rapidly (60
Our 7 year old Yorkie female is breathing very rapidly (60 resperations / minute). We took her to the vet today and X-rays show what looks like an elarged heart and liver. He did not hear a murmur, an… read more
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
Veterinarian and practice owner
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
my 6 year old miniature dachshund has heart disease and is
my 6 year old miniature dachshund has heart disease and is on Enalapril Maleate. She has constant nasal congestion with a severe runny nose and sneezing. Is this kennel cough, a respitory infection (w… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,615 satisfied customers
My 115 lb 6 y/o Newfie was diagnosed with an inflamed stomach
My 115 lb 6 y/o Newfie was diagnosed with an inflamed stomach by x-ray after ruling out anything else that was causing him discomfort a few days ago. They gave him barium to coat his stomach and seeme… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
bichon: drinking, pooping and peeing but has no energy..cries..tail
i am vacationing in mexico with two bichon shitsu bobby is 6 is eating, drinking, pooping and peeing but has no energy and sometimes cries and stomach quivers. white blood cell is elevated we have eli… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
bull terrier/chow: time, and a growling..litter..herself..bowels
my dog died on her first birthday she was mix breed bull terrier/chow, always very intergetic [email protected] healthy. The only clue i had before that some thing might be wrong was vomiting soon after ea… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
16,499 satisfied customers
MY DOG HAS A BLOATED STOMACH AND HAS BEEN PANTING ALL AFTERNOON.
MY DOG HAS A BLOATED STOMACH AND HAS BEEN PANTING ALL AFTERNOON. HE DRANK A LOT OF WATER ABOUT 6 HOURS AGO BUT IT HAS BEEN A WARM DAY. HE HAD A BOWEL MOVEMENT ABOUT 30 MINS AGO AND THERE ARE NO SIGNS … read more
Dr. Lajos
Dr. Lajos
Veterinary Pathologist
Doctoral Degree
857 satisfied customers
cocker spaniel: acting normal earlier tonight. Good energy etc.
We have a 9 year old cocker spaniel. She was acting normal earlier tonight. Good energy etc. We went to bed and she had 5 or 6 episodes of retching....almost seemed like she was trying to cough someth… read more
Dr Pete
Dr Pete
Bachelor's Degree
1,334 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x