Hi - I have been reading this forum for a while and finally decided to post! I have a 4 month old chocolate lab who I couldn't love more. She is so sweet and is doing so well with all of her training. However, I am very worried about her breathing/panting. Although she is not constantly panting her breath seems very heavy even when she has not been super active. There also times when her breathing seems completely normal. We asked the vet about this at our last appointment and she said that her heart rate does seem high. She also told us that puppies can grow out of this but if she does not it could be a heart condition. I am not happy with this vet in general and plan to switch but am wondering if anyone else experienced this with their pup. Also, do you think I should take her to a different vet or just wait it out?
Thanks for any suggestions!!!
No harm in trying another vet.
Pippa in my sig pic pants a lot ( so I am told ) so I wouldn't worry too much.
The increased heart rate could so easily be excitement at the vets ?
I would definitely find a new vet - a vet that would just brush off your concerns like that is not one you will want to deal with if there is an issue. It is not unusual for dogs to have a "fast" heart rate at the vets office, it is different with lots of new smells, other animals, etc. My 13 month old is a "hot" dog, he lays on the a/c vents and hates the heat but he does not pant when he is not active. If it concerns you, you do have the right to have a vet pay attention and answer your questions. Being brushed off as you were would have irritated me...
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Some labs pant alot and it doesn't mean a thing. I find that the labs that have the shorter muzzles (often seen on the conformation type labs), tend to pant a little more. I don't know if that's true over all, but I have read it, and clearly see it in my dogs. My dogs tend to have a slightly too short muzzle and they pant a bit more.
You better hide that puppy as I'm coming to get him ! <3
haha! She is a little love. I can't figure out how to add the pic to my signature but I am working on it.