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Our 10year old black labrador has suddenly taken ill. She is

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Our 10year old black labrador has suddenly taken ill. She is just lying down, breathing very fast and shallow. I believe she may have eaten something which has caused this. She had 5 bowel movements about an hour after her falling ill, they appeared normal. Can't touch her back end without her reacting badly ,seems the pain is around there. Can we give her some paracetamol, she weighs 36 kilos

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Paracetamol is safe at 15 mg/kg (7 mg/lb) every 8 hours but I'm concerned that such a 10 year old is in trouble and should be attended to by a vet at your earliest convenience. Her symptoms are important but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. Her breathing, however, can indicate not only a very painful dog but a dog with a serious metabolic disorder than has caused metabolic acidosis (her blood has become too acid/low pH). Rapid breathing helps blow off that acid in the form of carbon dioxide.

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