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I have a 4 year old border collie aussie mix. A few weeks ago I took him into the vet for abnormal breathing. Respiratory rate around 60 per minute, last exam a year ago was 40.

For a week or so it seemed like his energy level had decreased as well so it got me worrying. When i took him in they did a chest ray. Vet suspected valley fever, heart worm, or worst case scenario lung disease. After a radiologist reviewed, i found out that max appears to have a slightly smaller heart then normal along with some inflammation in his bronchial tube. Other then the suggestion of bronchitus and addisons disease it was deemed an “unremarkable study”.bloodwork also came back normal, white blood cell count normal, etc.

He tested negative for all the main illnesses along with addisons disease. For the last week, he has been on an antibiotic but it doesn’t really seem to make a difference. I have noticed that when he is in a deep sleep late at night his breathing gets deeper and slower. Sometimes he seems to relax his breathing when he is standing at times.

Other than the faster breathing, he is doing great. Eats and drinks normal, no digestive issue, his breathing is fairly quiet sometimes i can hear him breathing through his nose, great energy level, still gets the border collie spaz attacks, gum color looks pink and returns to normal after being pressed on. Heart rate was also normal. The vet is going to talk to a specialist and suggested possibly a steroid if the antibiotics dont work. I really hope these aren’t the first signs of lung disease. Anyone experience a similar situation?
 

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no mention of a heart murmur? There are stages (levels of severeness) and one indication of it progressing is "panting" - even at rest (sitting/relaxing) a dog will breath fast/pant. I have 1 dog with a slight murmur and we were told that if he starts that to let them know so they can treat it (and once in a while he does pant for like 10 seconds).
Now, we have another dog (who is 12) that is always breathing like that.. even sleeping she breaths faster than normal (and snores... omg does she snore!). Doctor didnt seem concerned. She has been like for a few years now.
I would get a second opinion before going to a specialist.
 
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