There are many things that can be done to help relieve arthritic or other types of pain through medications, acupuncture, and/or physical therapy to name a few. With advancing years though it’s common to see a host of medical and cognitive problems develop in aging dogs. We are not Veterinarians and therefore we cannot diagnose this issue. Your friends with Tails Untold Personalized Pet Books, http://www.tailsuntold.com. 6. According to my vet, my 15 1/2 year old mixed Bichon, Carin Terrier, Retriever is in good health except for stiffness when he gets up after sleeping or lying down for a while. "This is not entirely accurate. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. You should watch closely for other signs such as restlessness, constant licking at one spot or difficulty getting up or down. This is never an easy decision, but we do believe you will know when it is time. and also gave him predisolone injection because he is itching here and there . This condition arises almost exclusively in older dogs. She has been having trouble getting HP and sometimes needs rear support when eating. Hi, I have a 13 year old pug who has a heart issue and has been into the vet multiple times over last few months for check ups and to fill prescriptions she is taking for the heart as well as a pain pill for her back and disc that is degenerating. Please let us know how she is doing. But he’s started panting excessively to the point where all u can hear is Ben.if u shhhh him he goes quiet,if u are paying him attention he goes quiet.but if u are doing other stuff he gets louder n louder any ideas on what we can do.other than earplugs? Stay informed! We truly appreciate your visiting our blog regularly and we appreciate your comments, too. I have her now for He’s ALL puppy! any suggestions? First I did read closer to the top . But this panting thing that just started last night has me bothered. Like with humans, if your rotti is obese, this can also cause heavy breathing and snoring issues. He has severe arthritis in his back legs where it takes him a bit of time just to sit down. Since we are not Vets, we are not able to diagnose. The following conditions may cause your dog to pant in pain or from respiratory difficulties. The vet may prescribe an arthritis drug that may be more effective thank coconut oil, if the arthritis has worsened. Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Is that enough for a puppy? In terms of Euthenasia and the best timing for this decision, it truly is a personal one. He usually will bother us with pacing if he needs to go out, but hes already been on 2 walks today, drank water and ate his food like he normally does. I suspects she is about 12 -13 years old. Happy Holidays, too! For example, large-breed dogs like Great Danes are considered to be seniors at 6 or 7 years of age, whereas small breeds like toy poodles aren't generally considered old until several years later. It is stressed in all of our blogs that medical concerns should be taken up with your veterinarian. It is so hard to know that your dog is in pain. This can be a sign of injury, … as I,ve had to give up driving .  |  Please help!! If pain wouldn’t he pant when moving? Please do help me ASAP !! He’ll lay down for maybe 30 seconds then get up and pace again. Dog hind leg weakness shows up in many different ways. Other than that she doesn’t seem to have any other health problems! Our first suggestion is to contact your veterinarian who may want to rule out any medical issue your puppy may have. Your Vet may be able to help find the cause for this, too, if a serious health issue is ruled out. I have heard of some people giving their older dog aspirin. Some studies have shown that licking can increase the endorphins in the dog’s brain which can help to calm and relieve some of anxiety. Please keep us informed, we care! He's about 15.5 years old, and according to his last labwork checkup, he has the bloodwork of a two year old dog. She was glad to learn that there was Pet Home Hospice care and they came to her home. It does appear there is something going on with your lab given the agitation, change of behavior and not wanting to leave your sight. My 9 year old Great Dane has been having spontaneous bouts of heavy panting that usually last about 30 minutes. We hope this helps and please feel free to write again.  |. obvious signs of arthritis. Our suggestion is to consult your Vet, who may want to examine your cocker to be sure there is nothing serious. Elderly dogs may also be prone to additional adipose deposits (which is a fancy way of saying they may be fatter) in their abdomen and on the body wall. Since there is no pain the dog walks on the top of its paw in a backward position which creates bleeding. He’s on natural herbs and now also treatables, I as a mother sense she may be running a fever, as her head will be warm but body is cooler. An old dog not wagging their tail might be due to cognitive decline, stress, arthritis or pain from a condition called limber tail syndrome. Regarding final decisions, it truly is a personal one. Panting is a common — and sometimes the only — symptom of gastric dilatation with volvulus, also known as GDV and bloat. I’m very worried about her health as she is getting older. He has always been trim and active but has showed signs of slowing down over the past year. We do know that senior dogs do sleep more, too. Many dogs develop arthritis, and their gait may become stiffer (owners of elderly dogs should discuss with their vets options to improve mobility). We are not licensed veterinarians and highly recommend when a situation occurs that seems unnatural or out of the ordinary, that you take your pet to the vet. Best of luck and please let us know. One of the most straightforward symptoms of pain is limping. Unfortunately the infection returned, and she has been on antibiotics for a month, with the infection finally almost clearing up. I am so scared I don’t know what to do. Recently I’ve noticed that there are times that he pants heavily and a lot for no apparent reason. Now that it has cooled down, she is wanting to sit outside by herself (which she NEVER has done), and won't come in when I call her. If your dog is panting and restless, keeps panting, is panting abnormally, or is panting and shaking, it could be the first sign of something more serious. Thank you for your question. As mentioned in our blog about excessive panting, we had a similar question recently and it may be that your dog is panting in response to pain or it could be a reaction to a medication or onset of dementia. We are sure you know, arthritis, is very common in senior dogs (many seniors for that matter lol!). That being said, could it be possible that your rotti lab’s snoring is upsetting your Golden’s sleep and perhaps causing him anxiety from worrying about the Lab? You appear to be very active on here but all you say is take your dog to a vet. As we mentioned, panting can be caused by many situations including anxiety, pain, allergies and more. Seattle DogSpot says. Some dog owners state they notice the knuckling begins first where the dog is walking on the tops of his/her paws instead of the pads. HELLO SUSAN. They also are prone to trembling. Excessive panting, as we stated in our blog, can be caused by a number of things, some serious and some not so, but pain is certainly one of them. when he gets up from a sleeping position and starts to walk normally he is panting.I have never observed him doing so before. But when is panting excessive? Hi. The signs of arthritis in your dog may be very subtle. Arthritis, which literally means “inflammation of the joint (s),” is certainly one of the most common, but it isn't always the culprit. noticed tail can hang to the side not straight, not always. Since we are not Veterinarians, we can’t diagnose, and most would want to examine your puppy. Loss of appetite; Lethargy; Swollen joints; Visible loss of muscle mass As we mention, panting often increases in more senior dogs, and sometimes this can be due to pain, which can often be treated when the cause is determined. Best of luck and please let us know how she is doing. Thank you for visiting our blog and for your question. Perhaps he has another medication for this. WE CARE. Often, we hear about senior dogs starting to pant and the difficult in diagnosing why. Panting caused by dementia may occur primarily at night and may be accompanied by restlessness and movement of the dog to atypical areas of the home. Thank you, Elaine, for reading our blog and your comment. He’s been on rimadyl, dasiquin and lassix (lassix just added last 6 months). We love your sense of humor, given your situation with Ben. We think she is in a lot of pain, but don’t have money for a vet. My 11.10 dog, Beau, recently has had great changes, vet said arthritis. So I’m just wondering what’s going on with her. Hello LottieJuicy, Thank you for reading my posts and your advice. It can exacerbate arthritis and mobility concerns, as well as heart disease and other respiratory ailments. She will mostly either lick the area on the couch where she is laying until it is drenched or lick her front leg excessively. then the 75 patch . Older dogs can suffer from fears and phobias of noise and thunderstorms and, less commonly, of going outdoors, entering certain rooms or walking on certain types of surfaces. If your older dog shivers or shakes, especially in the hind end, he may be exhibiting one of the signs of pain due to canine arthritis. Additionally, older dogs are prone to arthritis because of the years of wear and tear on their joints. He’s eating, drinking wagging his tail, and going potty really well. 9 year old mut (looks like Toto from the wizard of oz, so she is like a terrier) is panting abnormally even when sleeping at night. They said he has some spinal nerve damage, when he was able to walk, his paws curled under or they crossed, one in front of the other. Our panting blog has received so many comments and questions about specific dogs and specific issues petparents are having with their dog. he has arthritis. Sundowning causes confusion and agitation that begins in the late afternoon or early evening when it begins to get dark. Hi Alaina, So sorry about the changes in your Little Fox Terrier’s panting behavior. Abnormal causes of panting in dogs Fear or stress Pain Heat stroke Obesity Poisoning Heart failure or lung disease Anemia Respiratory illness Cushing’s disease ² We hope both of you get well and stay well. Please. My 14 year old golden retriever was diagnosed with dissolving disks in her lower back. In all our research, senior dogs do pant more often, which as stated can be caused from a number of factors including but not limited to anxiety, pain, obesity, overheating, and more. Arthritis is usually a problem in older dogs, but the condition can develop from an early age due to problems with bone and joint development. We are sorry to hear of your senior miniature poodle’s condition. We are not Veterinarians so we do suggest consulting yours when you see a change in your pet’s behavior to rule out anything serious. However, it's still important that you work quickly to take your dog to the vet and have him examined and treated as best as possible. By the time your pet begins to pant excessively as a result of heart failure, it may be too late to remedy the condition. she has also started licking, almost compulsively. Hi Nate, that is a very good question. Thank you for reading our blog and commenting, Diana. We always love to hear the progress and hope it is positive. They say that the dosage for a human does not always translate to a pet. We appreciate your comment, Sudha. And then for the last few nights he has started panting like crazy at night to where it shakes my entire bed house normally stays around 65 to 68 so I know he’s not hot, he is restless as well. Great luck and we wish your two guys get and stay healthy. My approx. Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD): This is the long-term deterioration of the cartilage surrounding the joints. He starts panting and shaking bad at random times. During the day he has panting spells that are only a few minutes long. My 9 year old cocker spaniel was just updated on her shots a few weeks ago and her systems seemed to check out fine. Other Prescription Pain Relievers. I thought maybe a thyroid issue but blood work came back normal. It affects about 80 percent of dogs who are 8 years old or older. Great luck and please let us know, we truly care. Our dog got a bleeding ulcer from aspirin. Galliprant is a newer NSAID that is considered to be safer on the kidneys in older dogs and is being used much more frequently by veterinarians. We advise you to take your pet to your veterinarian, as there are some very good medications that can ease your dog’s pain. We love Golden’s and how wonderful she is 15 years young. update it often. We hope your 17 year old Golden/Lab is OK. We are so glad you are visiting her vet to be checkout out. It can mean many things, and since she hurt her leg, it could be she is in pain or perhaps she is suffering anxiety from the “hurt”. I’ve checked for tics bites and anything else and have found nothing. Please come back and visit us and we wish that Beau continues to feel better. We do need to reiterate that we are not Vets and therefore cannot offer any type of diagnosis. Arthritis slowly worsens over time, but if well managed, most dogs can live happily for many years after diagnosis. Thank you for visiting our blog and your comment. He looks at his favorite chair and spot on the couch and acts like he wants to jump but with his tail between his legs he goes and plops in a spot on the carpeting. Reply. He does try to play with his toy, I throw it 2x and he lays down. Our 12 year old Weimeraner has started pacing and panting at night. Cheers. In order to differentiate stress signs from normal behavior, you must be familiar with your dog s regular demeanor. It sounds as if you 6 year old Jack’s panting and other behavior has changed. It can be for a number of reasons, and pain can be one of them. We advise you to take your pet to your veterinarian, as there are some very good anti-anxiety and anti-stress medications (should that be the issue) both holistic and pharma on the market today. After a workout or when the temperature rises, dogs will pant more frequently. As mentioned, we are not Vets and cannot diagnose your special female pug’s situation. They all say any pain medication should be given under the supervision of a Vet. Scrappy could not get up by herself and would wince when she laid down. Is he eating well with his teeth issue? You obviously have been taking very good care of him. Appetite has slowed down a bit still drinking and using washroom. Would you be interested in advertising that costs less than $39 monthly and sends tons of people who are ready to buy directly to your website? Your vet would be the best one to help diagnose this and also to provide you with the recommended food quantities. Better put down my old dog ladorder age nearly 17 put down by vet tonight I heart broken she suffer pain on back legs and dirroeha so had heart attack tonight I hold her straight contact vet abt her and he called and checked with my dog and he said she not good now then decide put her to sleep I will always miss her a lots caroline ireland . It is great that you have been taking your Lab to a Vet, since per our blog, other conditions can cause excessive panting. Much of the time he seems fine, but afternoons and at night and early morning he goes through extended periods of this behavior. Any thoughts? Everything we read and research says that giving Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, also called NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatories) can be dangerous for your dog (or any pet for that matter). The first perceptible sign of aging that most owners notice with their dog is arthritis. All of us at Tails Untold Personalized Pet Books care about your pet and you! We hope that it is not serious and your little one gets well, soon. Making sure he see his owners all the time. And get the proper treatments needed . Degenerative Arthritis Average Cost. Any owner of an elderly dog who pants or trembles should have a vet evaluate his pet. As dog owners, we are usually pretty familiar with our dog’s typical panting behavior. But I know my Max really well. It's easy to assume that symptoms like shaking legs are due to your dog "just getting older." We have heard aspirin can cause stomach and ulcer problems. We do not have money for a dog wheel system for her. The best thing we can recommend is to take your German Shepard to your Vet to try and find out the cause. I am calling to get her to the vet. Vet’s are educated to understand, diagnose and treat all different issues and ailments in pets. We are not Vets and therefore cannot diagnose. We wish you good luck and give that special pet a hug for us! You know your dog best. Although you can treat and manage congestive heart failure in dogs, you can't reverse it or cure it. Hello Donna and thank you for visiting our blog. She won’t let me leave anything on her to cool her down, and refuses ice. Being 55+ myself I am familiar with arthritis. There are medications that can ease the stiffness and pain, giving your older pet a more comfortable existence in his later years. When dogs get older, they become more prone to various medical conditions and there are numerous reasons why your older dog is panting more. Should I take him to and ER Vet? I have a 5 years old female greatdane. She still does the toilet fine, still has her big appetite, still runs about and plays and seems happy! Thank you and best of luck. We can only offer suggestions based on our research. Please let us know how he is doing and we hope the problem clears up soon. He's on two pain meds, which control his pain pretty well. We have tried giving him anti anxiety tablets but they dont seem to be helping. Liver Activity The most obvious signs … Vet said he does not seem in pain at all which was another knew of my concerns. It seemed as if her back legs weren’t working she would try walk to mW and just sit straight down, being very sooky and panting a lot. Sudden onset of panting may be a sign of a very serious problem. Thank you. We love Cocker Spaniels. The best advice we can give is to contact your Veterinarian to rule out a health issue. We always recommend discussing with your Veterinarian when it seems the time is getting nearer. His head seems to be permanently tilted. There are some very good medications for anxiety in dogs. Panting can mean many different things, some serious and some not. We really appreciate your comment. First, we must qualify our answers, by saying that we are not Vets, and we always suggest that when there is a change in your dog’s behavior that causes you some concern, such as excessive panting, mood swings, changes in eating or digestive issues, to name a few, you should consult your Vet. My Snoopy is going to be 13 in September and he is a Maltese. Depending on the source of pain, your veterinarian might recommend further diagnostic testing and/or prescribe pain medication. As our dogs get older, it is more likely that they develop various health problems. If your dog is panting excessively, however, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Our blog is for informational purposes. I only work 8 hours from 6:00. Should I be worried? We know many pet parents who have great faith, trust and admiration for their Vet. Essentially if she can relax all morning and day because I’m not at work she just sleeps and is fine but otherwise she is panting. Let us know how he is doing, we truly like to hear back. What scares me is that he has been panting for no reason, waking from his sleep (which is most of the day and night) and pants, coughs, circles, sleeps again. Great luck with her! Regarding the snoring issue with your rotti, there could be several reasons: Rhinitis, an inflammation in his nose and could be due to respiratory infections or allergies, a fungal disease, more serious could be a tumor in the nose and should be checked out by your vet. He loves his walks and camping in our mobile home with his adopted sister. It sounds like you are very responsible in taking Max to the Vet, but if the problem persists, you may want to check with your Vet, as he may have some helpful suggestions in terms of diet, if an allergy or an anti-anxiety drug that could help. 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