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Dr. Louis Gotthelf, Veterinarian
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Experience:  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Owner of a small animal clinic and an ear/skin clinic 35 years
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My dog pants heavily and his nose drips clear. Is this a food

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My dog pants heavily and his nose drips clear. Is this a food allergy?

Dr. Louis Gotthelf :

Hi. I'm Dr. Gotthelf. I have been a skin and ear vet for 35 years and I would like to use my experience to help you with your pet's medical problem.

Dr. Louis Gotthelf :

I seriously doubt that this is a food allergy. Panting heavily usually indicates that the dog is hot and is trying to blow off heat from his lungs and tongue. If he is having breathing problems, then a chest X-ray may be needed. A dripp nose, especially if it is clear may indicate an overproduction of tears in the eyes or an upper respiratory infection. None of these symptoms are consistent with a food allergy which shows up in the dog as either a skin problem or a diarrhea type of disease.


He is salivating as well. i guess this comes with panting?

Dr. Louis Gotthelf :

Yes. You can take his rectal temperature and see if it is above 102.5 F. A fever can cause panting and a runny nose.


He sometimes feels hot in places. But it is ongoing. Is it possible that he gets fever often?

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Hi Coty,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Tate. How is everything going?

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