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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a 11 year old basset hound, my vet is out until

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Hello I have a 11 year old basset hound, my vet is out until Tuesday. She is breathing heavy-short breaths and seems weak so has been on lexicon for about two and half months for arthritis. I don't what's wrong with her, maybe allergies?
Thanks for any info you may have.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Mitch, it's worrisome when an 11 year old breaths in that manner. Significant respiratory compromise often exists. Advanced cardiopulmonary diseases need to be considered - particularly because she appears weakened - although any metabolic disorder that causes a metabolic acidosis (the pH of the blood is too acid) can cause such breathing as well. I need you to check Indiana's vital signs for me so we can determine the urgency of having Indiana attended to...

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

2) Check her respiratory rate. She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

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

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you so much! Her gums are pink and her breathing was better when calmed for awhile. I think my concern was scaring her a bit as well. I can get her in to her vet Tuesday morning. She's eating and drinking fine. I just got home from work so I need to get thermometer.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for the good update. I'm pleased that she'll be attended to soon. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.