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Worried about my doggy panting at night

My dog who is 8 years old started panting at night. She has been panting for a week now. She also does not want to eat her dog food we feed her little Caesars which she normally loves. She is a little over weight but not excesively she weighs about 8lbs. She is a toy poodle. She is not spaded and is taking phenobarbital since she is epileptic (one year ).The doses of phenobarbital are very low. She also whinned a lot during the first days but has quit. I have been giving her boiled chicken. The doctor said that the labs came out normal. He thought it might be a stomach virus and gave her flagyl. How long does a stomach virus last in dogs? What specific tests should be run? I believe he only did the basic profiles. He also drew a phenobarb level and will get the results this week. I am worried because I am suppose to go on a trip next week for three weeks and do not know if she will be okay. Please help. What should I do?
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It sounds as if your dog has multiple problems.  

A stomach virus does not cause panting usually.  A small eight-year-old dog is middle age in comparison to a human.  Unfortunately, the body does start to deteriorate with age, and this could be the start of age related changes in her lungs, and other organs.

Heart or lung causes for panting at night (or any time) could be: bronchitis, or pneumonia (bacterial, fungal or parasitic) heart or lung disease, heartworm disease, collapsing trachea, Cushing
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Thank you so much for your advise. We took her to the Vet again and he performed all the tests. They were all normal. She is now eating as usual but still sometimes pants at night and snores a little bit. She is feeling better. The vet gave her a laxative and that appeared to help. I will keep you informed.
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