Dog Health Questions? Ask a Dog Vet for Answers ASAP
My dog is panting all the time. She does it when she is sleeping and when she is awake. She has been eating more and drinking more.
She has recently been to the vet twice. 1st time was due to alergic reaction from possible bug bite/bee sting. Second time was the panting. Our Vet only concentrated on a deformed shoulder she has had since birth. He says its gotta be broken and she is in pain. I tend to dis-believe him.
The dog runs and jumps and doesn''t favor it at all. We have had her on a pain medication for the past 3 days with very little to no improvement.
I need some outside advice on what may be going on.
Many different things can cause constant panting. Heavy panting can be caused by heart problems, lung problems, fever, or bronchitis. You can read about this here: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/panting-in-dogs/page1.aspxDogs pant for various reasons. They pant to cool down, but they also pant when they are under stress, in pain, or afraid. There can also be medical causes such as neurological problems, respiratory disorders, and Heart problems such as heartworm, anemia, and fever.Since your current vet does not appear to be listening to what you are telling him, I recommend getting a second opinion. X-rays could be done to determine if there are any broken bones and bloodwork should also be done to rule out any organ dysfunction. I hope this information is helpful to you.
If she is having very bad gas, that may be the cause of the panting. Gas issues can cause a dog severe pain and also can contribute to a condition called bloat which is sometimes seen in deep chested breeds. It is believed that dog foods containing soy products and other food allergies contribute to gas problems as well. Sometimes a change in diet will help the problem.Smaller meals spread out can help and taking your dog for walks after meals cuts down on gas. Adding good bacteria to your dog's stomach can aid in the digestion as well. I use a spoonful of plain unflavored yogurt on my dog's food to keep good bacteria in their stomach, but there are products, such as Prozyme, that can be purchased at your pet store to aid digestion and cut down on gas.Here is a site that discusses the problem: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1571&articleid=253You might want to keep some gas-x pills on hand just in case severe gas causes bloat. You can read about bloat here: http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htmTry a switch in diet to one that does not contain as much filler materials such as corn and wheat as well. Preferably one that has meat for the first few ingredients. Add good bacteria and feed smaller meals more often. See if reducing the gas issue helps reduce the amount of panting you are seeing.
Discontinue any non meat table scraps entirely. If she is still on puppy food and is an adult, this might be the cause. I've found that some dogs when fed puppy food as adults tend to have more gas then when fed the equivalent adult food.
Not many foods contain good bacteria that can survive the stomach, so you should just purchase some plain yogurt to add to her food or purchase a Prozyme from the pet store tomorrow. I would expect to see a little improvement in the gas situation after a couple of days with a little more each day. After a week or so, there should be noticable improvment.The mastiff is a deep chested breed and does have to worry about bloat.
Bloat can occur without the twisting. It is deadly when it twists. I don't think she has bloat since it has been going on for a while, but it is something to keep in mind.Most vets are going to look for the simplest reason first and with an abnormality in the shoulder/chest area, your vet may suspect other abnormalities which might be affecting her lung capacity leading to panting. At least that is one possibility. Also with bloat your dog usually has some stomach distention and gagging. In a face to face environment, the owner sometimes doesn't think to mention smaller details (such as the gas issue) which might lead to different answers from your vet.Some vets will suggest lots of testing initially and others will try keeping costs down by going with the most common causes for symptoms. I think if you go with a 4th vet, let him know that the deformity has been there her whole life and just now is a problem. You might want to consider the x-ray or an ultrasound since she is close to full grown and you can see if indeed there is any problems with the size of the chest cavity which might interfere with her normal heat and lung function, especially if adding good bacteria has no effect.I always mix the yogurt into my dogs food. I would stick to a few tablespoons initially and let the bacteria start growing in the stomach. Too much, too fast and you might cause diarrhea since she isn't used to it yet. You can give some gas reducing medication to help as well for a few days.
If there are x-rays that have been taken recently, I would not have additional x-rays done. I would however, request the x-rays to be sent to the vet you wish to use so they can evaluate them. Unless the x-rays are from when she was a young pup, they should be ok for your vet to determine the extent of the deformity present. I don't know of any vet that would agree to not charge for x-rays taken unfortunately.There are organizations that can help you financially with vet care though. Help-A-Pet http://www.help-a-pet.org This group helps low income families with vet care.IMOM http://www.imom.org This organization help people with emergency medical care in some cases.Care Credit http://www.carecredit.com Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.American Animal Hospital Association http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home/ Helps animals that have been abandoned or if the owner is having financial hardshipsAngels 4 Animals http://www.Angels4Animals.org This organization offers financial aid or treatment to those pets and owners in need.God's Creatures Ministry http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html Help pay Vet bills for those that need helpThe Pet Fund http://thepetfund.com/ Helps provide emergency vet care to those in need.United Animal Nations http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html They help rescuers, low income and homeless pay for vet care.Gas-x is ok to give. The following lists the dosage information for Gas-x as 1 adult dose for large dogs. If bloat suspected, then 2 doses should be administered. http://www.walkervalleyvet.com/otc-meds.htmDosage information for gas-x can be found on this site. It states the adult dosage is 40 to 125 mg four times a day but not to exceed 500mg per day. http://www.drugs.com/cons/gas-x.htmlAs for food, I like Innova products and another good brand is eagle pack. They are a bit more expensive than some initially, but less is required daily so the cost ends up being pretty much the same as less expensive foods.
Dogs don't get colds, but they do get upper respiratory illnesses. And I'll give you information on the various conditions that go along with that. Upper respiratory illnesses include things such as kennel cough and canine influenza as well as bronchitis and inhaled allergies. You can read about bronchitis here: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/chronic-bronchitis-in-dogs/page1.aspxIt’s possible that if there is sneezing and nasal congestion that it can be due to an allergic reaction to an inhaled substance. If this is the case, Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours. You can read about these here. http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/inhalants.htmlKennel cough is normally contracted when a dog has been boarded or kenneled or around a large number of dogs such as at a dog show, dog park or pet store. Here is a website with more information on kennel cough. http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kenc.htmlCanine influenza is now becoming more prevalent and like it sounds it is a canine flu. Here is an excellent site on it. http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/showarticle.cfm?id=475You will want to monitor your dogs condition looking for colored discharge from the nose or eyes, a productive cough (coughs stuff up), stops eating or lethargy. These are signs of a possible bacterial infection as well and my require antibiotics. If your dog appears to be having a difficult time breathing, you will need to see your Vet as some dogs dog get really sick with canine influenza and need support to recover.To help your dog breathe easier you can run a NON-medicated humidifier in the room your dog is in, or sit in a steamed up bathroom with your dog to help keep the mucous moving. Robitussin DM at a 1/4 teaspoon per 5 pounds can be used to control the cough. Dosages can be obtained at this website. http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/dextromethorphan-robitussin-dm/page1.aspxYou can take her temperature and see if she is running a temperature during those times she starts panting and lays on the cool floor. Take it rectally. The normal temperature is 101-102.5F. If you find she is running a slight temperature, you might want to get some antibiotics such as amoxicillin prescribed for her.A multipurpose dog vitamin might help but don't overdo it, as too much vitamins can cause problems as well. Remember that dogs pant when they are under stress as well and they also pick up on their owners feelings as well. If you are worried, then the dog picks up on this and worries as well, which is stress and can start the panting as well. I'd monitor her at this point and check her temperature a few times and see how she does over the next few days.I hope you find this information helpful.