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My 13 yr old female black lab has been panting a lot lately

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my 13 yr old female black lab has been panting a lot lately even while lying down after being inside with us for hours, this has been happening for about the past 4-5 months, also constantly licks her bed? any thing we can do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I am DR RB and I am a small animal veterinarian. These two issues may or may be related to one another since panting in geriatric dog could have more than one source. Does panting start while she on walks and especially at the end of a walk? If so, this may point to hypertension (increased blood pressure) with or without heart disease. This may warrant a cardiac workup with your regular DVM including ECG and blood pressure measurement and chest x-rays to rule this out. Panting can also indicate chronic pain, the most common source being osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. This is often accompanied by difficulty in rising from siting and a stiff gait, especially in the morning. At times you may hear the sound of crepitus (or cracking the joints).. Licking her bed sounds like a compulsive condition and in a geriatric dog (who is also panting) you cannot rule out canine cognitive dysfunction which is a mild form of dementia that occurs in older dogs. Other symptoms may include restlessness, pacing (especially at night or early morning), confusion, disorientation. There are some natural supplements that can be given to decrease symptoms of cognitive dysfunction and promote brain health. At this point, you may want to make an appointment with your DVM to discuss these possibilities and senior blood work, urinalysis, and a cardiac workup to determine if an obvious source can be identified. I hope this is of help to you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I believe this is chronic pain, she is stiff/slow getting up, sometimes slips/falls down, what can we give for osteoarthritis? To answer your question about panting starting during exercise, no, she does this while resting and just laying around.
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Hello, you will need a prescription from your regular veterinarian for a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID (examples are Rimadyl, Previcox, Dermamaxx) and I would also recommended starting her on a joint supplement containing MSM/Chondrotin (such as Tricox). Your DVM will most likely require an office visit with exam and check prior to prescribing this. Because NSAIDs can having side effects on kidneys and liver function, she/he may also recommend routine blood tests to ensure that Kelly's organs are functioning properly and not at risk before placing her on this medications.

Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Hello again, I hope your Kelly is feeling better and my advice helped you? If so, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to give my response a positive rating? This would allow me to receive compensation for my expertise and time assisting you and your pet.. Much thanks

Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Kelly. How is everything going?
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Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Please take the time to rate my response to your question about Kelly? Thank you:)