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My dog suddenly started breathing extremely hard, panting with ears folded back, and excessive drooling.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know what to do with the drooling. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Buddy and he is one years old. He is not his energetic self and he is walking extremely slow.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Buddy?
Customer: No not at this time
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Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that Buddy has been breathing hard and panting with his ears back as well as drooling excessively. I will do my best to help. When I hear of pets who are unable to settle or panting heavily like you're describing, there are two different causes I'm looking for: either physical discomfort of some kind (including pain anywhere, itching, or nausea) or anxiety. As you can imagine, physical discomfort is pretty much impossible for me to assess without seeing him myself, but most times owners have an idea of what might be bothering their dog by watching their behavior. Some dogs with sore backs will guard their spine (tighten their belly muscles when you try to bend their back), some dogs with joint or limb pain will limp, dogs with severe itching are easy to spot because you're seeing lots of scratching. Nausea or GI discomfort is often followed by vomiting or diarrhea - they can get all crampy just like we can when they are having a GI upset. I've seen dogs with things like abscessed anal glands, severe allergies, fleas, GI upsets (diarrhea or vomiting), back or limb pain, and even ear infections be up all night pacing and trying to settle. The possibilities, unfortunately, are many. If we've done a full physical and potentially some lab work if we thought it indicated and we cannot see any sign of physical problems, that's when we will consider anxiety. The ears folded back or pegged to the side of their head can indicate either pain or anxiety, so it's unfortunately not going to help us differentiate.If his breathing appears to be labored or difficult or his gum color is anything other than bubblegum pink, then I would suggest that you consider having him evaluated at an emergency hospital, as labored breathing or gum color like blue/purple/pale pink/white can indicate a serious emergency. Please let me know what questions I can handle for you.~Dr. Sara ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My goal is to provide you with the most complete and accurate “five star” answer. If my answer isn’t what you were expecting, it’s incomplete, or you have more questions PLEASE REPLY to let me know what information you are looking for BEFORE giving me a negative rating! If my answer has been helpful to you, please show me by giving me a favorable rating. Thank you so much :)
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