My 8 year old has been breathing very heavy the past couple of weeks. The vet said to put her on 3 benedryls 4 times a day. I hate to give her that much. Does anybody else do this?
I don't understand the benadryl - heavy breathing connection. I would not do it.
Maybe it is just the heat. I know that my older girl, also 8, pants more than the rest.
The vet thought it might be allergies. I just don't like to use that much medecine. Do you think those fatty knots under her arm could be causing her heavy breathing?
When you say "heavy breathing," could you be more specific? Is it just a lot of normal-sounding panting, or is it more of a wheezing sound?
I think you need to ask your vet for some clarification, and bring up your concerns.
She pants like she just ran a marathon :tired
Tongue hanging out full heavy pant. No wheezing or anything like that. The vet said the benedryl would really help.
I agree that you need clarification from your vet. I don't understand the benedryl either.
Have you actually taken her in and had the vet check her out thoroughly? When my golden was panting heavily, she had fluid around her heart that came from lung cancer. Not wanting to scare you, but if it continual, I'd have an ultrasound done to make sure nothing is going on with her heart/lungs.
The only thing I can think of (and I don't know if it is right) is that Benadryl/diphenhydramine is a depressant and would depress the central nervous system, especially at that dosage.
That just seems like an odd approach, but I'm not a vet. I think if you don't get a satisfactory explanation that I would get a second opinion. Honestly, I'd get a second opinion regardless of the explanation.
My 11 yr old does that. She sounds like she has been running around. But I think her being over weight doesnt help, I do need to work on that. Is your labs weight good???
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