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Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.
I'm sorry to hear about Pepper's strange behavior of curling up in a tiny corner and having periods of a rapid heart rate rhythm.
Most Addisonian patients tend to have slower than normal heart rates when they are unregulated due to high levels of potassium.
But perhaps there is something else going on with her. Perhaps at her age she has developed some sort of primary heart disease, or perhaps she is hurting. Pain will increase their heart rate.
Is she limping?
Is she eating normally?
What color are her gums and tongue?
I recommend that she see her veterinarian for an exam and some diagnostic testing. I would start with a complete blood count, biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and possibly an EKG.
Best of luck with your girl. Please let me know if you have any questions.
That signifies either anemia (low numbers of red blood cells due to loss or lack of production), or poor circulation (heart disease) or shock.
I would be worried about kidney disease and poor red blood cell production, internal bleeding or primary heart disease.
I highly recommend an exam on an emergency basis. This does not sound like something that can wait to be worked up and diagnosed.