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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Why does my 13 year old female poodle pant like she is have

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Why does my 13 year old female poodle pant like she is have a hot flash?
Submitted: 11 months ago via Vet.com.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your assistance. I'm anxious to see your answer.Suzanne
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Suzanne, I'm sorry to hear of this with Dixie. 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, pheocromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), cardiac disease, tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates), brain disease and obesity.

Dixie's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam on Dixie paying particular attention to her heart. At Dixie's age I would expect the vet to recommend a senior diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests as well as X-rays of Dixie's thorax (chest). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No thank you. I'll go with your message.Thanks so much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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