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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I ave a 16 yr old female. Shallow breathing eating normal. I

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I ave a 16 yr old female. Shallow breathing eating normal. I think urine output and bowels ok but Carney be sure as I have other cats. Not noisy breathing, no panting rate around 40 per min
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Verity, once the respiratory rate exceeds 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest, our cat patients need the attention of their vets. Advanced cardiopulmonary disorders such as cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), thoracic effusion (free fluid in the chest cavity) due to congestive heart failure or inflammation due to neoplasia (cancer), and primary lung tumor or, less commonly chronic bronchitis due to asthma are all important considerations.

Please have Chole's vet carefully auscultate (listen to) and X-ray Chole's chest at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did take her to the vet. He thought as you suggested. Considering her age and how her behaviour changed dramatically. We thought it was best to put her to sleep.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

My condolences for your loss of Chole. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.