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excessive panting

HI there
I am new to the board and live in the uk
I have 8 dogs of my own and currently foster of a rescue called
Irish Retriever Rescue
http://www.irishretrieverrescue.com/
I am currently fostering a six year old male Golden retriever called Steel
He was with us a few weeks back and did seem to pant alot and is slightly overweight he weighs 34kg so not massively overweight.
After a few days he moved in with his new foster home where sadly he clapsed on a very slow walk.
He has come back to us yesterday to see our vet as our vet charges alot less. His panting is worse and he is salavering, his chest is always soaking wet. He pants all the time when he is awake even when he resting.
We went to the vets today and we are still none the wiser except he has a bucket full of fluid in his lungs (
Hugh the vet said his pulse rate was a bit faster than normal. He has booked him in on tuesday for a chest xray and a camera down his throat to check out his voice box/larynx. He said he could have any number of problems some quite rare some quite serious, or even something very simple, but until he does some tests he doesn't want to go into much detail.
He has given him some pills today to reduce the fluid on his chest, and we are to keep him as quiet as possible, with minimal exercise. He will have a GA on Tuesday so if he copes ok while he has his tests while under the GA they will neuter him at the same time.

Poor Steel, he is a lovely dog. I pray that its nothing to major for him.
Any idea what it could be, i hate not knowing, i start googling and coming up with everything awful.
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Could it be congestive heart disease? Sounds like the symptoms, but it is treatable.

Hope you and Steel find some answers soon. Not knowing is always tough.

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Bless you for fostering Steel and for taking him back in as well! It sounds like you have a caring vet and it's wonderful that you have one that charges less too. I feel that way about our vet, he is wonderful and charges at least half of what vets in coastal or big city areas of the country charge! He always says he is the most expensive vet in our area, but we tease that he works for food

I recently had a new puppy momma panic (silly of me) when my Dax (now 4months) seemed to be panting excessively one day - turned out to be nothing to worry about, but I came across this website that I thought was very informative on panting issues:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/panting...mal/page1.aspx


Seems like there are many possibilities on the panting and not all are scarey! Hope that helps and maybe helps you understand the tests your vet is doing and what to expect.


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This sounds very scary.I don't want to make assumptions but I wonder why he is waiting so long to do the tests?
It also sounds dangerous to neuter him when he has all this other stuff going on. Any vets here?
You are great for fostering him and being so concerned for him.


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Good luck wishes coming to you and Steel - hope the vet can get to the bottom of the problem



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Wishing you good luck with Steel, hope it turns out okay for him.

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Could it be congestive heart disease? Sounds like the symptoms, but it is treatable.

Hope you and Steel find some answers soon. Not knowing is always tough.

That's what I thought too. If he has alot of fluid in his lungs, it probably is congestive heart failure. They will need to treat it ( usually by giving him diuretics ). I'm surprised they are waiting but in the meantime, watch his sodium intake..... and I'd let him stay very calm and not exert himself until they figure out for sure what is happening.



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My Sam exhibited these symptoms. He had pneumonia, mega-esophagus, and a neurological condition that was causing lameness in his hind legs. X-rays also found a tumor behind his heart and his ribs were being eaten away. On Thursday he seemed fine, just a little stiff. He was even bugging my husband while he was filleting fish...He loved to eat fish. (He was 12 and had mild arthritis) No pain. Friday he became lethargic and disoriented, (he collapsed when out for his morning potty break) Saturday was spent at the Emergency Vet and Sunday we were spending our last day with our boy before Monday's last Dr.'s appt.

I don't mean to scare you, but this sounded so familiar to me. I hope Steel's diagnosis is a much better result than Sam's......God Bless.
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Thank you for all your warm wishes.
Steel seem a little bit better today, he had his first restful sleep this afternoon, so i expect the pills the vet gave him are helping a bit.
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Keep us informed on his progress!
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