Veterinary questions? Ask a Vet for Answers ASAP
50 breaths a minute is very rapid.
We should be seeing a breathing rate of about 12 to 20 breaths a minute.
Would a photo of his gums be possible?
Does he go outside?
His gums appear a normal colour.
Is it possible he has gotten over heated?
Any access to toxins such as a lily plant, raisins, garlic or human medicine?
If he has become over heated, this is a worry and heat stroke can be dangerous.
We need to get the temperature in the room cooled down, which may mean using a fan, A/C or similar.
We can wet down Sage's fur with cool water.
We should also offer some wet food and cold water to drink.
If his breathing does not settle down to a more normal rate (below 30 breaths a minute), I would want him seen tonight.
This is especially true given his history, in case he may be anaemic or there could be an underlying medical issue, such as an autoimmune disease or heart disease.
Not at all.
This window remains open and you are very welcome to check back in at any point this evening (or beyond) with further questions or concerns.
Wishing Sage all the very best for a speedy recovery.