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Aussie Health—Rapid Breathing
(Cape Cod, Ma.)
My 10 year old Aussie has developed a very fast breathing rate... up to 90 breaths a minute, and not in a panting state. This is at rest. He is not overweight. He is otherwise healthy—good appetite, normal bowel and urination. He had a normal chest x-ray. They did an abdominal x-ray which was clear as well. All blood work is normal, however his thyroid numbers are on the low side of normal. They did an EKG and found a slight arrhythmia of an additional heartbeat. The condition the vet said is seen in Boxers frequently, but not in Aussies.
They put a heart monitor on him for 12 hours and decided to try heart medication to help the arrhythmia. This fast breathing rate is not consistent, either. Much of the time it is a normal breathing rate of aprox. 30 breaths a minute.
We considered anxiety but we don't think it correlates to the episodes of fast breathing. It seems to be most frequent at night.
I am very frustrated and the Vet is too. We plan to try the heart monitor again and see what the arrhythmia is like since he has been on heart medication. Not sure arrhythmia has anything to do with the breathing.
Has anyone had this condition with their Aussie? I would love to hear from you.