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My dog has been standing and panting will not lay down. I'm

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My dog has been standing and panting will not lay down. I'm worried about her. She ate food earlier and drank water
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.


Is she doing any dry heaving/ retching?

Can you check her gums- are they pink, pale or blue?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No she is not throwing up or dry heaving gums are pink.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Ok good, thanks.

In an older dog, I just wanted to rule out bloat (twisted stomach) and an abdominal bleed (hemoabdomen). These are both pretty common in older medium to large breed dogs. With no retching and pink gums, it rules those things out.

It does sound like she is acting painful. This could be due to back pain, neck pain or joint pain/ inflammation from arthritis. If you want to try something at home to help, you have a couple options:

1. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)- this has some anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help provide a small amount of sedation. The dose in dogs is 1-2 mg per lb body weight, every 6-8 hours, as needed.

2. Aspirin- this is an anti-inflammatory pain med. The dose is 5 mg per lb every 12-24 hours, as needed. If you are planning on getting her seen in the morning, then hold off on giving Aspirin. It can interfere with other pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds that are given within a few days.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Simba. How is everything going?
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