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my dog has been breathing heavy short breaths and doesnt ...

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my dog has been breathing heavy short breaths and doesnt seem interested in her food and seems to have lose of energy... is this the effects of old age on her?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

Many different things can cause constant panting. Heavy panting can be caused by heart problems, lung problems, fever, or bronchitis. You can read about this here:

Dogs pant for various reasons. They pant to cool down, but they also pant when they are under stress, in pain, or afraid. There can also be medical causes such as neurological problems, respiratory disorders, and Heart problems such as heartworm, anemia, and fever.

Of course, old age plays a part in the funtion of the heart and lungs, but panting still indicates a problem especially since she also has a loss of appetite. I would go ahead and have a senior check up done as soon as possible. In the meantime, put a drop of pancake syrup on her tongue to raise her glucose level and prevent hypoglycemia. Try tempting her with boiled chicken and rice. You can read about old age here:

Again, I urge you to have your dog seen an a senior checkup done including blood work. Hope this helps.

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