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Hi this is Dr. Dani, I'm a small animal veterinarian and I'm happy to help with Joey. How is he doing now? Did anything happen that you know of before the panting and breathing hard? Please let me know how he's doing and any additional information you have and I'll be happy to offer some advice. Thanks
Did he get into anything that you know of? Any vomiting? Are you able to lift his lip and see if his gums are pink? You mentioned that he has a history of allergies with licking his feet anal gland problems - does he taking any medications?
Causes of his symptoms, heavy breathing and lethargy, I think of overheating (depending on where you're located it may be very hot today); pain - was there any injury that you know of?; heart or lung problems (is he coughing or just breathing hard?); weakness from blood loss, or other metabolic problem such as liver or kidney issue.
Are you comfortable taking his temperature rectally? This will be useful information.
If his gums are pale or blue, then he should definitely go to an emergency clinic tonight - is there a 24 hour ER vet clinic you can take him to?
In the meantime, you can try offering him water to make sure he stays hydrated; you can give Benadryl 1mg per pound if you think his allergies are flaring up.
Please keep me updated and I'll make additional recommendations. And please make sure to rate me when you are satisfied with the service you've received as this is the only way I am compensated for my time. Thanks!
I hope Joey is doing well. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If not, please make sure to rate me as this is the only way I am compensated for my time. Thanks