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my 13 yeAR OLD JACK RUSSEL IS SHAKING AND PANTING HEAVILY,

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my 13 yeAR OLD JACK RUSSEL IS SHAKING AND PANTING HEAVILY, AS THO HE IS IN PAIN OR SIMPLY ANXIOUS, HE IS DEAF AND HAS CATTARACTS
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Christian K. replied 8 years ago.

Hello,

This is Dr.Christian.

  • Are there any other symptoms such as cough, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • When did the symptoms start?
  • How much does he weigh?
  • Does he take any medications or have any medical conditions?
  • Are his gums pink or is there a blue or gray tinge?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
HE COUGHS OCAsionaly, STARTED 3-4 MOS, AFTER HE WAS ATTACKED BY A LARGE DOG AND HAD NECK AND THROAT WOUNDS. HE IS HEAVY ABOUT 25 POUNDS, TAKES ANTIBIOTICS FOR 8 DAYS, GUMS PINK
Expert:  Christian K. replied 8 years ago.

Thank you for the information. Certainly his weight is worsening any underlying problem he has. There are several causes for panting and shaking:

  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Respiratory disease
  • Nervousness
  • Some medical conditions such as Cushing's disease
  • Reaction to the antibiotics

In this case I think we can rule out nausea, most medical conditions have been ruled out by bloodwork, and nervousness is probably out as well. That leaves pain, antibiotic reaction or a respiratory problem. Most antibiotic reactions will occur within the first few days so that may not be the cause. I'm concerned that there may be a respiratory problem going on and a recheck by your vet may be necessary to find the cause. Antibiotics should have improved the situation if an infection was the cause.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i BELIEVE IT IS PAIN AS IT COMES AND GOES, BUT HIS SHAKING HAS BEEN A WHIL. hE DOESENT APPEAR TO HAVE A BREATHING PROBLEM, AS THAT WOULD BE MORE CONSISTANT
Expert:  Christian K. replied 8 years ago.
Okay, that sounds reasonable to me. Try 1 and 1/2 of the 81mg aspirin tonight. If his symptoms improve then I would call your vet in the morning for safer long term medication. Aspirin is great for the short term but if he needs it for more than 3-4 days it can cause stomach ulcers and problems. It can be given every 12 hours.
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