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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 10year old greyhound did not eat her dinner,which is not

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My 10year old greyhound did not eat her dinner,which is not unusual ,but she did not want to go for a walk this afternoon,or take a treat,which is unheard of,she is lying in her bed and breathing very fast,she will not drink either

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I'm sorry to hear of this with Minnie. I become quite concerned when I hear the words "breathing very fast". I need you to check her vital signs for me, please.

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).
2) Check her respiratory rate. She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.
3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F (38-39.2C). This is a two person job!
Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Temperature 39.7 breathing is 59 times in a minute

Thank you. She's mildly febrile which can be caused simply by muscle over-exertion while tachypneic (increased respiratory rate). She'll need the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience. A respiratory rate of 59/minute suggests pain, anxiety, significant respiratory compromise due to advanced cardiopulmonary disorders or metabolic disorders that affect the acid-base balance in her blood.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you ,I will take her to my vet now

I'm pleased to hear that she'll be attended to by her vet shortly. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I have taken Minnie to the vets,she had an injection to get her temperature down,and an antibiotic,she also has had a blood test, I must take her in tomorrow, thank you for your prompt advice

Thank you for the update. Please keep me posted.

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