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My shin tzu is panting and shaking seems very uncomfortable.

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My shin tzu is panting and shaking seems very uncomfortable. What could be wrong with him? He is almost four years old.
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Panting and shaking are signs of pain and with this breed you may be seeing a problem with a disc along the spine, especially since he does not want to be touched.
Signs of a disc problem would be not moving much, not jumping on furniture, not wanting to be touched or picked up, a possible limp in one or more limbs, or walking more gingerly with an arch in the back. This can effect the neck region or lower spine. You can read more on this problem here.

lower spine http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx
neck http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-cervical-area/page1.aspx


If your boy eats any fatty human food you may be looking at pancreatitis. As the pain can be starting from the belly region and hence the dog not wanting to be touched from referred pain.

This breed is also prone to bladder stones which can be painful at time. Without a hands on exam you are not going to know for sure the cause, but the shaking and panting are signs of pain. Below you can read about this breeds prone diseases

http://www.petplace.com/dog-breeds/shih-tzu-diseases.aspx
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HI Linda,

I was just checking in to see how your dog is feeling.

Sally
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He is doing much better thank you. I gave him a new treat and it must have had too much fat in it for him. He has had pancreatitis in the past, so I am guessing it was the treat.


 

I am glad you found the possible trigger and he is doing fine:)


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