Thank you for your question regarding your new Lab girl Jade who you adopted from the pound on a couple of days ago. This ongoing panting issue really is a bit of a concern. There are a number of potential causes for this ongoing panting including anything from being too hot, to being anxious/stressed, to having a primary cardiorespiratory issue. The fact you think she seems dehydrated is also a real concern. Hopefully she is eating and drinking as per normal, and continue to give her plenty of fresh drinking water as you have been.
If your girl seems to be having any sort of breathing difficulty, or if she is restless and seems stressed, it would definitely be worth getting her seen by your local veterinarian or ER vet tonight if you can. Because there is a chance that this girl has an underlying respiratory issue here, it is definitely going to be better to play
it safe and have her checked over. A respiratory issue in Jade's case could be due to anything from an infection, to lung or heartworm, to a primary heart issue.
The dehydration, or excessive thirst, could be due to all the panting as dogs lose a lot of moisture this way. There could also potentially be an underlying issue that is causing excessive drinking (if that is the case here).
For now, please keep an eye
on her mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows (do be careful that your girl doesn't try to bite you):
Mucus membranes - flip her lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get her to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.
Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on her gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.
Respiratory Rate - if she is seems to be breathing rapidly throughout the night this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet. If the panting is continuous or it seems as though Jade has any sort of breathing issue, then you really should try and get her seen tonight if you can.
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