My 5.5 year old male Golden seems to be breathing really heavy, balks at eating and seems to be walking more slowly than usual. Kind of reminds me how I feel when I have finished a huge thanksgiving dinner.
Has he been to the vet lately? If not then I think a vet visit is in order. Has it been recently unseasonably warmer there, then that can have an effect. Maybe start your walks early in the morning before it gets hot and in the evening after it cools down some. They make some coolie bandanas like this site http://www.cooldoggs.com/ and that might help. Good luck!!
Panting is often a sign of pain or stress. That combined with being lethargic and not eating may well indicate that something is wrong. When was the last time he ate? Was it a big meal? Is he a fast eater generally? Does he seem to be having trouble getting comfortable?
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Thanks for all the replies. Just to clarify, he is eating, just takes his time and does not seem quite as interested. I did call to get a vet appointment and will be taking him this week. The heat and humidity has gotten much worse in the last 2 weeks and this could be it. Will keep you posted.