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Dog panting

Chama
September 29th, 2011, 07:38 PM
I have a 4 year old bichon/yorkie cross. Lately he seems to be panting more than usual...it's not excessive or anything but just seems to be more than normal. The weather has cooled down so I know it isnt the heat. Aside from that everything seems normal aside from the fact that he is licking himself a lot more than usual. I don't know if it's my imagination or not but I feel like his heart may be beating quicker than usual.

I have an appointment Saturday (he needs his shots anyway) but just thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas. I told the vet about the licking when I called and he said to try benadryl which may have helped a little.

sugarcatmom
September 29th, 2011, 07:50 PM
I have an appointment Saturday (he needs his shots anyway)

Only 100% healthy dogs should be vaccinated, so if you think there might be something going on, wait until your pup is better first. Most dogs don't need to be vaccinated every year either, except for rabies where mandated by law.

Winston
September 29th, 2011, 07:53 PM
Welcome! Panting can sometimes indicate pain as well as other things. Great to hear your getting it looked at. Maybe someone else will have some other ideas?

Good Luck :thumbs up

Chama
September 29th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Thanks for your quick responses. I did realize that they won't do the shots if they think anything may be wrong but figured this way if it's me being paranoid (which wouldn't surprise me when it comes to my little baby) I can use the appointment as his annual check up :)

sugarcatmom
September 29th, 2011, 10:40 PM
I did realize that they won't do the shots if they think anything may be wrong

The unfortunate thing is that most vets would probably give the shots anyway, and that's NOT what should happen. Please don't let them, for a couple of reasons: one is that your dog needs to have a properly functioning immune system to build enough antibodies in defence of the vaccine "assault", otherwise the whole point of vaccinating is lost. The other reason, even more crucial, is that if your dog is already suffering from an illness, he needs all of his resources to deal with it. Introducing another challenge to his immune system could push it over the edge into a life threatening situation. One of my cats almost died because he was vaccinated when he was first getting sick with diabetes. I took him in for a check-up because he'd been drinking/peeing more than usual, and the vet talked me into vaccinating him since it had been a few years. Within 24 hrs I had to rush him to emergency. He had developed ketoacidosis and spent the next week in intensive care, fighting for his life. Required a feeding tube for 3 months after that. Needless to say, I don't take the warning label on the vaccine vial lightly, even if vets do.