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have an older yellow lab, 12 1/2 years old, very lethargic,

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have an older yellow lab, 12 1/2 years old, very lethargic, half sleeping, heavy short quick panting, wet nose, dripping...any severe concerns such as congestive heart failure?
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Welcome to Just Answer. I'm sorry to hear that this old guy is having these heavy, short, quick panting. That breathing pattern is one that does have me worried. Heart issues can cause a similar breathing pattern, but more suspicious for one of his breed and age would be possible internal bleeding from a tumor on the spleen. This is something that can happen and look exactly like your describing. I would have to recommend having her seen her as soon as possible to try to figure out the cause for the signs your seeing. The sooner it is figured out, the better. This could be something life threatening.
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