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I am so sorry that Sam is not feeling well. This heavy panting tells us that he is in pain of some form. This anxiety tells us that Sam is uncomfortable.
Most likely Sam has suffered an injury to a disc in his back or has aggravated an already present arthritis. This is very common in older shepherds because of their conformation. Since Sam does not have any digestive issues, this is the most likely cause for his pain. Since this is deep within the vertebrae, he will not show pain when you touch or palpate these areas. This can happen when Sam jumps up or down on something or just moves the wrong way. The best thing you can do for now as long as Sam is eating, is to give him aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This will decrease the inflammation that is causing his pain and start to stabilize this disc or decrease the inflammation from the arthritis. Do not allow him to jump on or off anything or even climb stairs to allow this disc to stabilize. It is best to have your vet examine sweet Sam to be sure that this is the case and that this treatment is appropriate.Does that make sense to you?
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