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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog has a heartbeat of 200bpm and is breathing at the

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My dog has a heartbeat of 200bpm and is breathing at the rate of 40 breaths per minute. This does seem higher than normal. He was sick today after drinking from a puddle. Do you think that we need to take him to the Vets or just monitor? He is a Wheaten Terrier.
Submitted: 22 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

Yes, he's tachycardic (increased heart rate) and tachypneic (increased respiratory rate/over 30 breaths/minute). While these are important signs, they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. His vet will want to perform a complete physical exam. Vomiting after drinking from a puddle might be responsible if that puddle contained a toxin or bacterial contaminant. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 22 days ago.
He is going to the Vets on Friday to be spayed do you think that he needs to see him before then? His breathing seemed to have slowed a bit now. We have let him drink a little bit not too much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

I can't know just how serious his symptoms are at this time from here but if that heart rate and respiratory rate continue to be so elevated, waiting 48 hours to be seen can be dangerous. You can monitor but you're facing an evening during which a vet might not be readily available. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.