I have a male lab, Bogey, who will be 13 in Sept. He has been panting alot and I'm hoping it's not pain related. We recently had to put him on steroids because of his joint problems, mainly a front shoulder which was causing him severe limping. The steroids have worked wonders although I know they are not good for him. He had been on Rimadyl which worked for awhile but then no longer helped. We tried steroids every other day but he really needs them everyday. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding the panting? He is in air conditioning 73 degrees during the day and at night 68 degrees, trying to keep him comfortable but I'm not sure if the panting is heat related, pain related or drug related. It seems that when we tried the steroids every other day, the day he didn't have the steroid, he panted more. I trully don't want him to be in pain!
Has be been drinking MORE water, since starting the steroids ? In my own experiences with steroids, they make them drink more water than usual. Don't let him get dehydrated. That's the only thing I know about steroids.
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Panting can, indeed, be a sign of pain. If you are concerned, please call your vet about it.
Ruger was on prednisone for about 10 days for his skin/allergy. Although he didn't really pant, he was HOT to the touch. His skin and ears were really warm. I know when I took prednisone for an allergy, I too had very hot, dry, red, skin... in fact, the doctor had to take me off of it.
It's difficult to tell with the panting. It could be pain or anxiety related. If he is getting nothing for the pain now you should have him re-evaluated, maybe by an orthopedic specialist?. Metacam has done wonders for my dogs over Rimadyl.
How does his bark sound? Does it ever sound raspy or faint?
We have a nuetered old guy who will be 13 in August recently diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis. Panting was one of his symptoms, also his bark (he doesn't bark much anyway) started to sound like he actually had laryngitis. He drinks alot of water too, but I don't know that it has anything to do with his condition.
Prolly a bit of all 3. Plus as a dog ages (us too) the lungs lose the ability to expand. In the dog, it can be seen as panting. (my vet told me this since I had the same concerns about Boomer)I'm not sure if the panting is heat related, pain related or drug related
I would definitely have the dog re-evaluated by your vet to determine whether or not its pain related.
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