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We have a 13 year old lab mix who pants constantly. any

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we have a 13 year old lab mix who pants constantly. any ideas about what could cause this?
JA: What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: labrador
JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct?
Customer: yes
JA: I'm sure labrador feels you are doing your best. What is wrong with labrador?
Customer: he constantly pants
JA: Where does labrador seem to hurt?
Customer: he doesn't
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: he just seems ld when he sits. can't jump any more
JA: Is labrador eating normally?
Customer: always hngarry
JA: Is labrador having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: yes. hard to poop
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about labrador?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Excessive panting can represent both medical and behavioral problems. It's often seen with elevated ambient temperature, exercise, anxiety, or perceived pain. To confound the diagnosis further, it's also seen with fever, narcotic administration, glucocorticosteroid (prednisone, e.g.) therapy, Cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism, hypocalcemia (decreased serum calcium level), pheocromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), cardiac disease, tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates), brain disease and obesity.

Please clarify "he just seems "ld" when he sits. "Always hungry" sounds like most Labs but also can represent diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease, and hyperthyroidism. His vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. Be sure to fast your Lab for at least 4 hours prior to a blood draw for the most accurate test results. Never restrict water, however. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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