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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Gh respiratory rate 60 to 70, 16 year old min. Daschund,

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High respiratory rate 60 to 70
JA: What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: 16 year old min. Daschund
JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct?
Customer: Yes
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the animal?
Customer: He has a high respiratory rate now. Does not seem in pain
JA: What is the's name?
Customer: Kirby
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Kirby?
Customer: He's old. 16
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

A respiratory rate above 30/minute while asleep or at rest is a danger sign for life-threatening cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure, advanced sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulomonary disease/COPD), and neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity in such an elderly doxi. It indicates the need for prompt attention by an on-call vet at your earliest convenience. I would expect Kirby's chest to be carefully auscultated (listened to) and X-rayed. Time is of the essence. Kirby will exhaust himself and/or become hyperthermic if his respiratory rate remains so elevated. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.