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My shih Tzu is panting and is not able to sit still, I ...

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My shih Tzu is panting and is not able to sit still, I don''t know what''s wrong with him, he''s almost 11 years old. Can you help me?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
Hi Tonio,

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.

If your dog is panting but has no other symptoms, keep a watch on him. Given your dog's restlessness and advanced age, I'd schedule an appointment with your Vet. If he is having difficulties breathing, he should be seen immediately.
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