Mom put me on the table and I moved around and squirmed so it was hard for Dr. Cotter to examine me. I also made noises and whined so much that it was hard for him to listen to my heart and lungs, etc. I only snapped at him twice. And then licked his hand. All he wanted to do was feel for lumps or whatever else and I didn't get any shots or blood work; I was just not happy.
Anyway he said there didn't seem to be anything wrong with me. I was certainly energetic and didn't have any other signs that something was wrong. He asked Mom about:
- panting in the middle of the night
- not being able to lie down and put his head down
- excessive drinking
- weight lose
- blue gums
- showing signs of pain
She answered no to all of them. She told him that she keeps the a/c on in the hot weather because electricity costs less than his visits. He laughed. But it's true.
Dr. Cotter said that with none of those symptoms he didn't think we needed to take x-rays or blood tests. He told Mom to watch me for any further distress and then bring me back. (NOT)
Mom did the research and she'll take it from here.
BJ was not a good patient today surprisingly because the vet didn't do anything to him. Hopefully we won't have to go back until he needs his shots.
In the meantime, I found out a lot about possible problems with excessive panting. And thought I'd share it. The following could be causes, some more serious than others.
- Obesity - panting happens in people too
- Hear failure or other heart problems
- Cushings Disease
- Heat stroke - DO NOT leave your dog in a car in the hot weather. Temperatures heat up quickly in a car even if you have the window cracked a little. It goes for a very hot room too.
- Exercise that makes the dog hot and causes difficulty in breathing
- Anemia - that's why he asked about the blue gums
- High fever = it can indicate an infection
- An object stuck in his airway
- Other injuries
These can all be very serious and that's why you should always check with your vet. It's too dangerous to self diagnose. Not catching a problem can have disastrous effects.
My information was culled from a number of veterinarian websites. i did not rely on the general public offering their thoughts.
Some sites I consulted: