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Maxwell, age 13, breathing hard, unable to get up, mouth,

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Maxwell, age 13, breathing...

Maxwell, age 13, breathing hard, unable to get up, mouth, gums, and tongue turning white.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about?

English Springer Spaniel

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the English springer spaniel. What is the English springer spaniel's name and age?

Maxwell, age 13

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Maxwell?

He appears to be dying

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Maxwell. His white tissues indicate profound anemia. When the number of red blood cells decreases to this point, oxygen can't be delivered to the tissues in an amount needed to support life. His dyspnea ("hard breathing") is an indication of hypoxia - lack of oxygen to his tissues. Such a patient needs the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience. Maxwell may be bleeding internally or perhaps has become so anemic due to a chronic inflammatory disorder. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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