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Q. Female mini poodle She is 10 years old She has Lost weight,breaths through mouth,shallow breaths panting very weak usually hides under the bed

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. It sounds like your poor girl has severe respiratory issues and is in a state of hypoxemia (low oxygen delivery to the tissues). She is trying to compensate for this by panting but this will become tiring and exhausting over time until she can no longer compensate. She needs a vet now for chest radiographs to pinpoint where along her respiratory tract (trachea, lung) is the issue and an appropriate treatment plan made for her care.


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