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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My Yorkie is panting excessively. He is not hot or

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My Yorkie is panting excessively. He is not hot or exhausted. He does not appear to b in pain and did eat his breakfast. I plan on taking him to the vet in the morning or should I take him now. He also trembles
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 11 months ago.

Hi there,

I'm Dr. Karing and I would be glad to help with your question about Piper. Can you take a look at his gums and make sure they are nice and pink as well as moist?

I'm standing by.

Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 11 months ago.

Since I haven't heard back from you, I'm going to opt out so another professional can help you in a timely manner once you provide additional information.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question hasn't been answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help.

Excessive panting can represent both medical and behavioral problems. It's often seen with elevated ambient temperature (ruled out), exercise (ruled out), anxiety, or perceived pain. To confound the diagnosis further, it's also seen with fever, narcotic administration, glucocorticosteroid (prednisone, e.g.) therapy, Cushing's disease (not at his age), hyperthyroidism (rare), hypocalcemia, pheocromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), cardiac disease, tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates), brain disease and obesity.

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