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My dog is panting and he’s been resting for...

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18 Jun 2021

My dog is panting and he’s been resting for about 2 hours
JA: I know panting can be worrying. Let's get you talking to the Vet. What's the dog's name and age?
Customer: morrow....age 10 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: nothing out of the ordinary...just concerned about the excessive panting
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18 Jun 2021

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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Good evening, I’m Dr. Gates and I’m happy to assist you this evening.

My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.

I will do my best to go through everything with you and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs. The more information I have the better the job I can do to help get you some answers for your pet.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Ok thank you
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Morrow is a 10 month old Australian/German Shepard mix and has been panting consistently all day. He hasn't done anything overly strenuous and I am concerned about the constant panting
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

I'm sorry to hear that Morrow seems to be having issues. What is Morrow's breed?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Australian Shepard German Shepard mix
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Ok, what is the temperature where you are located? Is Morrow housed outside or inside?

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

When a puppy is panting, it's usually for the same reason that an adult dog would pant. Typically, dogs pant as a means of cooling themselves because they can't sweat through their skin like humans do. Panting because of hot or humid weather or exercise is normal.

The normal respiratory rate of a healthy dog ranges from 18 to 34 breaths per minute. Puppies breathe at a higher rate than this. Puppy panting is considered to be breathing at a rate of 10 times more than their normal breathing rate. The normal respiratory rate in puppies is 15 to 40 breaths per minute and up to 200 pants per minute.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

There are many causes of panting beyond hot weather and lots of running, which could mean that your puppy has run into a problem. Abnormal panting could be a sign of a respiratory problem, a heart condition, heat stroke, pain, Cushing's disease, anxiety or phobias. Abnormal panting won't look or feel like normal panting, so it requires getting to know what is normal panting for your dog.

You might notice your dog panting at times when you know it's not to cool himself. It may sound louder or harsher than his normal panting, or it may appear that he is putting more effort into panting than he normally does.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Another sign of dog panting, anxiety, is a symptom shown by dogs who are stressed or fearful. A dog panting from anxiety will show other fearful behaviors such as whining, a tucked tail, hiding, trembling or flattened ears. If your dog is panting and pacing, this could be a sign of anxiety or fear of something in the environment.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Abnormal dog panting is known as either dyspnea or tachypnea. Dyspnea means difficulty breathing and is a life-threatening emergency. Tachypnea means an increased respiratory rate. Sometimes, dyspnea follows tachypnea, so take any change in your pet's breathing rate as a potentially serious issue.

A sign of tachypnea could be your dog panting at night or coughing throughout the night. If he's having trouble breathing, he may also be stretching his neck out to breathe or sitting in a way that lets him take in more air, such as with the front legs spread widely apart.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Morrow is inside with the a/c at 71 degrees...it's not irregular panting it's just constant. His demeanor is normal and doesn't seem to be in pain
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
It's almost like that's just how he breathes normally
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Ok, good. It's pretty common in puppies and if he's otherwise normal, then I would just continue to monitor for any changes.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

You can put a little bit of alcohol on their paws to help dissipate heat. Just make sure there aren't any cuts or wounds before doing so. However, if he has access to fresh water then he should be fine with the A/C.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102

I hope this information was helpful. You can provide updates and ask follow-up questions by picking up the chat in the window and I will answer when I am next online. Thank you for using Just Answer and have a wonderful evening!

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