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Panting in Dogs

By: Dr. Bari Spielman

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One or more of the diagnostic tests described above may be recommended by your veterinarian. In the meantime, treatment of the symptoms might be needed, especially if the problem is severe. The following nonspecific (symptomatic) treatments may be applicable to some, but not all pets with panting. These treatments may reduce severity of symptoms or provide relief for your pet. However, nonspecific therapy is not a substitute for definitive treatment of the underlying disease responsible for your pet's condition.

  • Treating the underlying cause is recommended if possible.

  • If the patient's panting is thought to be a normal response to something environmental, no specific treatment other than removing the problem is warranted.

  • Symptomatic therapy should be instituted while attempting to identify the underlying cause.

  • Oxygen therapy and strict rest is of benefit to many of these individuals, especially if they are becoming distressed.

  • Fluid therapy is indicated in those who are dehydrated or have concurrent systemic diseases.

  • Blood transfusions may be indicated if the patient is panting secondary to anemia.

  • Antibiotic or anti-inflammatory therapy may be of benefit in those with infectious or inflammatory disorders.


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