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Have a eight yorkie poo puppy her heartbeat is really fast

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have a eight yorkie poo puppy her heartbeat is really fast and has a wet cough once in a while. when i got her she was in cage and wet and cold.
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Customer: she is very active eats good just worried about the cough she has once in a while its not real bad but sounds like when you have sinus drainage and her heart beat worries me
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. A puppy this small is naturally going to have a faster than normal heartbeat. At rest, I wouldn't expect it above 120 beats per minute. If she is having problems breathing, that can cause it to be faster because she is having a harder time oxygenating her tissues. The wet cough does worry me more, though. It could be a mild pneumonia. If that is the case, she would have problem oxygenating very well. With a puppy this small and young, I would recommend getting her into the vet ASAP. Hopefully it is just an upper respiratory infection, but if they suspect pneumonia, they will want to do x-rays and get her on antibiotics ASAP. Puppies this young and small can decompensate very quickly. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.
Hi Mary,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. John

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