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Old 09-12-2010, 04:02 PM
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Very heavy panting

I have a 14 1/2 year old - overall in great shape and he has had outstanding care. He has never had arthritis but his legs are starting to lose muscle mass (he also has gone to a dog chiro since he was young). He was on metacam and then switched him to rimadyl. Took him off the rimadyl hoping it would end the heavy panting. Any thoughts here?
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:33 PM
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Sorry, I have no experience in this, but I iwsh you and boy boy much luck. Welcome to the forum. I'm sure others will be by to give some advice though...
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:40 PM
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I have a 15 year old boy-he too pants quite a bit, mainly due to the heat and humidity here on the NC Coast. He has not done well with the hot summer temps we have had this year. I just had my old guy's heart and lungs checked on Wed.-the Vet said his heart is strong, lungs clear. He felt it was due to the summer temps we've had this summer He has spent very little time outside this summer-he too has lost the muscle mass in his back legs. They are very weak and his Hocks are very loose-I put braces on both of them which seems to help some. He use to LOVE going swimming in the Intercoastal Water Way every summer-this year his legs have been so weak he wasn't able to stand up in the water for any length of time or not at all when a wave came in. He was so frustrated-it was really sad-outside of a new tennis ball, going to the beach was his favorite thing in life.

My guy is on pain meds-it is the same meds given to Cancer patients.

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Is he on any meds now? The Metacam will help with inflammation and maybe he should be on a pain med as well like Tramadol. You'll have to speak to your Vet. I have had 2 dogs on that and it has helped them immensely.

Is the heavy panting a new thing? Usually panting could mean pain so if your dog is not on any meds I can bet he is not comfortable. But again, I am not a Vet...I would take him in for a visit if at all possible.
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Panting can indicate pain, a thryoid or hormonal imbalance or intolerance to the heat or humidity. I'd suggest a vet visit for blood and other tests.
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Our 9 year old rescue, Bianca, pants all the time, too! She's been to the vet, had blood tests, everything. I mention the panting and I get no answers. Of course, it's been SOOOO hot down here this summer, but geeesh, she's in A/C all day and we keep it pretty cool. She doesn't appear to have any arthritis issues yet either. Goes for long walks - she walks pretty fast, too. Jumps up on our really high bed, etc. Maybe it's just an older dog thing?
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In addition to the heavy panting, how does his bark sound, normal or hoarse? Check out Laryngeal Paralysis.
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I would suggest that you try a different medicine since the metacam or rimadyl wasnt working for him. I put my Beau on tramadol and that worked for him. The panting can be a sign of pain. Also how is his weight? If his weight is to much that can contribute to the panting especially in the hot summer.
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Hello, I am new to this forum as we just lost our beloved 11 year old Golden this weekend. She too started panting about a year ago. Vet did lab work, examined her and could not find anything. Did not feel really concerned. It would lessen but always more than it used to be. She then had a problem getting up 2 months ago and limped really bad. Vet gave her Rimadyl shot and pills and seemed great for a week or so but then would not eat. Took her in gave her antibiotic felt it was a GI infection and if not better in 3 days bring her in. Took her in and they finally did x-rays and she had a huge tumor that had pushed her intestines way over to the side. They told me surgery was an option but not sure she would make it through and if she did she would have about 3 quality months. If we took her home she would make it 2 days. We elected to take her home and I got her to eat by feeding her real food by hand.We had some really good days with her. 5 weeks later she was having trouble breathing laying down and we had to take her in to put her to sleep. We are so lost now without her- a hole in our hearts. If they have not done x-rays on your dog- you may want them to check things out. I will know better in the future.
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Hoping you find help here.

I'm bumping up your post for more replies.

I would call your vet and tell them about the panting. Praying for your baby.
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