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My dog is panting excessively all the time, following me everywhere around the house and whining at me like he wants something but then he doesn't want anything. I think he is anxious. The vet has given him Valium but that does not seem to work. Should I have him checked out for other problems other than his mental state? Are there any other drugs out there that can help his anxiety? He is a 12 year old black lab.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
This could be due to canine cognitive disorder.
http://www.discountpetmedicines.com/canine-cognitive-dysfunction-syndrome.htm
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art25417.asp
The other times I've seen this sort of anxiety in dogs there has been a related health issue such as a thyroid problem or an underlying heart disease issue. Both are fairly common problems in this breed.
Also the early stages of Cushings disease an adrenal gland problem seems to have this sort of anxiety and panting with it.
You can read more possibilities here
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/panting-in-dogs/page2.aspx
You might want to get a geriatric work up or a second opinion on this condition with your dog.
Hope this helps you!


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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: He has no problems with confusion and greets me but he seems to pant more when we come home and he pants in the middle of the nigth. Right now, after panting all day, he is asleep in the kitchen. He just got up and is looking for me.....he is always trying to be near me and he is contstanlty trying to get in my lap - he is 100 lbs. He now is panting again and trying to nudge me. I am not sure it is CDS but I will ask the vet about Amipryl. The vet told me it was anxiety but I find he is worse when guests are around and the kids are getting loud. Oldman's disease? I think....is there any thing else I should check into besides what you have already suggested knowing more info. that I just gave you?
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
I know its like they are trying to tell you something but you can't understand and its frustrating!
I think he is seeking you because he expects you to make him feel better somehow even if its just from being near you to ease the anxiety.
You might ask about melatonin.
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/melatonin.htm
thats a might help shouldn't hurt possibility
I've had elderly dogs want me to carry them like I did when they were pups - hard with a dog over 100 pounds.
Sometimes the anipryl can help with this.
If you've not run a full geratric blood work up that might find something for you.
I hate it when they get old - happens too soon!