My dog is a female spayed 11yr old chesapeake bay retriever. She keeps panting at night and neither one of us can sleep. She has had x-rays, bloodwork, urinalysis, urine cortisol creatinine ratio, acth stim, and a consulation with a veterinary specialist. No one can tell me what is wrong. Cognitive dysfunction has been ruled out because she is completely normal in every aspect except for the panting at night. She seems very uncomfortable. She is on rimadyl and tramadol for arthritis, so we feel her pain is controlled. Do you have any ideas why she is panting? Could it be estrogen related in some way--like humans having night sweats?
I forgot to add that my panting dog has seen a veterinary acupuncturist for the last three months and been treated with various herbs and acupuncture for a yin deficiency--all to no avail and no change in symptoms.
My dog is a 6-7 year old spayed female Golden Retriever who pants nearly all the time now. She's anxious and tired from it all. She have an appointment at a referral hospital on Monday. I'll let you know what they say.
How active is your dog? Is he the "leader" of your home or are you? The panting could be anxiety related.
We have a nearly 13-year-old shepherd mix rescue dog who was always "on guard" in the home. Within 3 months of finding and adopting her, she started displaying fear aggression and went ballistic if anyone came to the door or in the house. We did the worst thing possible by shrinking her world and locking her up when company came over, instead of working on socializing her.
I know it sounds nuts, but last year I started applying Cesar Millan's (The Dog Whisperer on Nat'l Geo Channel) techniques to both my dogs. The biggest thing is exercise and mastering The Walk with you as the Pack Leader. Yes, you have to work on yourself as well as your dog, and you have to get up and out of the house - for you and your dog.
For years this dog panted loudly and heavily in her sleep. After a month of getting her out in the world and properly exercised, the panting went away and never came back. I really believe it was all the stress and anxiety of thinking she had to be On Duty all day that screwed up her sleep. Now we're all sleeping soundly through the night. :-)
If you don't get the Nat'l Geographic Channel, Cesar has books and DVDs that I'm sure you could get at the library or a video rental store. The more recent book, "Cesar's Way" was very helpful to me.
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