my dog is panting hard, breathing hard... and its not hot. should i be worried? what could this be ?
Age: 11; Male; Breed: bull terrier/pit bull mix
i haven't tried anything... just keeping him calm. he is eating and drinking normally. sleeping right now, but with this constant labored breathing/panting type of thing. and he almost sounds grumbly inside. he really is breathing so hard. its not normal.
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. If it still seems excessive after a day or so, or if he develops more symptoms, I'd schedule an appointment with your Vet.
Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist