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We’re a little nervous–Fallon is panting more.  She’s been panting for a few weeks now, we’ve brought it up at doctor appointments, but no answers–she shows no pain when they check her out, x-rays have been clear–they attribute it to anxiety.  She can be a worry wart at her appointments.  She shouldn’t be anxious now, we’re not doing anything she hates, yet it seems worse.

I tried an essential oil on her earlier, which seemed to help then, but it’s back now.  We just came through the door and she was jumping around all excitedly, then panting/wheezing even more.  Maybe due to exertion?  She laid down and then seemed fine.  It’s definitely when she is up and around, she doesn’t lay down and pant.

Other activity seems normal–eating and drinking, she plays in the yard–nothing else suspect.

Maybe she has allergies?

Nonetheless, we see her oncologist Tuesday and will bring it up again–just trying to get my head around some possibilities for the cause.


Fallon  8/28/06--9/6/18.  My Heart.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

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Hi sweetie pie 🌺

If X-Rays are clear then I’d say you could be quite right thinking this is due to her being tired (she pants after exercice and doesn’t when she lies down) or anxious (doesn’t like trips to vet)

She seems like a truly happy, goofy dog welcoming Mom and Dad excitedly, eating, drinking, playing in the yard, enjoying herself like the princess she is. 

I wouldn’t be alarmed but, like you, would discuss this with the oncologist to get peace of mind.

Is temperature quite hot where you live?

I remember worrying about Eurydice during last Spring and all it took was getting the ac going for her to stop panting.

Sending you a big hug and lots of tummy rubs to your beautiful girl 😘😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 


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Yeah, ditto Teresa doesn’t sound kike anything to be alarmed about. 

Allergies seem to pop up quite a lot around here, even when dog. Humidity,heat, etccan also cause panting alot easier for a tripawd.  It IS  exhausting being a tripawd in warmer weather.

Something I’ll throw our.  I was owned by a dog once who had a very, very slight heart ‘issue’ with mptomssimilar ‘symptoms’ that only shwed up with exertion.  The syptons never got worse and she never needed treatment.  She just monitored herself and didn’t overdo things.

Keep us posted.


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If it’s anxiety related you could try Dog Appeasing Phermones.  If you decide to try that avoids the lavender scented one, it’s not real lavender and it’s awful.  Just the plain unscented kind works great.  They have it on amazon and in major chain pet stores.  

Is she taking any meds or new meds.  Prednisone has been making Bosco pant like crazy.  You may want to look at side effects of any meds, just a thought.  

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Thanks so much everyone!!  She seems better today, and it’s much cooler–maybe it was just the heat + activity.  We’ll continue to keep an eye on it and will definitely ask our doc Tuesday.  

Paul noticed she was not just panting, she was kind of wheezing as she inhaled, but that’s not happening today either–fingers crossed it just goes away, or we find the easy to fix solution.

She’s not really on meds, just Apocaps and K9 Immunity Plus.  I’ve been trying essential oils with some level of success for her anxiety as well as the panting.  The true test will be her doctor visit Tuesday.

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We freaked out when Jerry first started panting hard. Turns out it was the heat, and allergies! Glad to hear Fallon is feeling better. Please keep us posted.

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