Excessive panting

carmen_grower_2007August 21, 2010

What would cause this? We adopted this dog a week ago and he still pants excessively and constantly except when asleep. This happens even when at rest and when the indoor temperature is cool.

I figured at first that he was just stressed about being with us (and he is, I know ---he has a fear of being abandoned outdoors, or behind any closed door). We are working on his fears by never leaving him outside unless we are with him, etc. but this panting doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Could it be something else?

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Pain or anxiety.

Has he been to the vet yet to rule out any medical issues?

If this is anxiety, long walks on lead will help. Lots of exercise, lots of structure. Being with him all the time will not help his anxiety - (but agree that of course he should never be alone outdoors!)

I would get him to the vet for starters, then start alone training after you know that he is healthy.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 8:29PM
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Panting can be a sign of Cushings. I'd get him to a vet.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 9:49PM
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Sounds like the panting could be a sign of pain (his hips mentioned earlier). My Lab was panting- this was the first sign of the cancer we lost him to in May. He was still active, eating,and chasing squirrels around the yard. Dogs can mask pain very well. The panting was a red flag. My vet says it is a very common sign of pain. Take your new dog to the vet asap. Hopefully it is nothing serious.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 2:44PM
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Why do you keep adopting when you cant take care of them???

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 3:54PM
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Christine, I don't understand the question. This is the first older (10 mos.) dog we have ever adopted. All of our former dogs for the last 50 years came into our home as puppies. The cats are here because we live on a farm and people seem to think we really want their drop-offs. They are all neutered/spayed and the latest kittens will get their 'alterations' done in a few weeks.

Maybe you are thinking of someone else. I know that can happen with so many posters.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 4:12PM
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