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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 12 year old akita female. She has been on soloxine

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I have a 12 year old akita female. She has been on soloxine for about 2 years because her thyroid had low counts. She was panting before the soloxine and I thought it might be the soloxine, not enough or too much, and we (my vet and I) tried changing the dosages. However, she still pants and really only significantly in 70+ Farenheit degree temperature. It used to be at much hotter temperatures she would literally get sick on walks whereas my other Akita did not. But by chance I noticed when I kept the house very cool she finally stopped panting and is finally getting some rest. Right now my house is at 59 degrees and she seems to doing much better. What would cause a dog to be able to tolerate heat less and less? I'm not sure what I can do next summer; I'm sure my HVAC will fail trying to keep the house that cold. My veterinarian doesn't seem to have any more ideas. He thought it might be pain related such as arthritis. She's been tested for Cushings. She's had senior panels and the Thyroid test, as I mentioned.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Can you tell me, please, if Tsunami's cardiopulmonary status has been thoroughly investigated by chest X-rays? Has her blood pressure been checked for hypertension?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and occult cardiac disease should be important considerations in such a dog.