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Panting in Dog

My dog has been excessively panting and has been sitting right at my side for about a week.


on thyroid meds (hypothyroid)when we got her last year, she is 7, dosage was cut back when they redid her bloodwork. We stopped giving it to her in November when our living situation changed. Noticed she gained a bit of weight and was a bit lethargic (could have been winter time less activity and moving to apt instead of bigger house). I put her back on thyroid meds after being off for 4 months. She started panting excessively, then we took her off again.

Last summer, she had a very bag skin rash, was put on predisone after we tried for 2 weeks with various homeopathic remedies (she had been on it several times before we got her, as well as lot of antibiotics).

I think she is fearful and has been hit for being bad and pooing and peeing in house lately by my ex. So there may be some anxiety issues as well as the thyroid issues.

Any suggestions?
  maltesemd on 2005-04-11
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Hopefully your ex is no longer around to hit this creature.

Praise her when she goes to the bathroom outside, make a BIG DEAL out of it. Dogs always know when they are wrong, but they don't always know when they are right. Make an effort to take her outside every hour, until she is trained. And get her on a schedule so she knows what time to expect to go to the bathroom. Same time, every morning when you awaken for example.

Aconite-Staring eyes, panting, breathing may be difficult, restlessness, fright, pacing or circling, anxiety, howling, confusion, animals that are inconsolabe, sensitivity to sound and light, dilated pupils and acting scared, strays who hide, fear of being caught like when you go after them to get the animal for any reason, fear of "going into the ring," excessive thirst, better from fresh air, worse from touch.

Nat Mur-If she is afraid or embarrassed to go to the bathroom in front of you and hides it, like you go to walk her, she won't go to the bathroom but then she comes in the house and goes to the bathroom when you aren't looking.

Staphysagria-Past abuse, humiliation, they cower from harsh sounds or voices, resentment, grief, prefer women, submissive, cowardice.

See if these match. I have a feeling it is Aconite.

Namaste27 last decade
Namaste, will Aconite help with grieving? I have two dogs, but one has advanced kidney failure. I know there is not much that can help her, but when it's over for her, he (the other dog) will need something to get through it. They have been inseparable since being puppies. They go everywhere together and refuse to go without the other one.

Also do you have any suggestions for panic attacks? He has them during storms even though he sleeps inside. I have tried Bach's stress rescue, but I guess I haven't given him enough or early enough.

Kiranna last decade
IGNATIA for the grief for the dog who will be losing his companion.

PHOSPHORUS for the fear during the thunder storms.

Should be effective in both cases.

Namaste27 last decade
Namaste, thank you.
Kiranna last decade
One more question, what's the dosage for the Ignatia?
Kiranna last decade
Begin with 30C. Move up to 200C if you do not see improvement within 48 hours, for the Ignatia.

Phosphorus, 30C when terror/fear comes on. Move up to 200C, one pellet diluted in 4oz of water, dissolve pellet. Pound cup into your palm, every time before you use it. Give 1 teaspoon as needed.

Dose and observe that is key. Don't rush to give dose after dose. When pooch has had enough and has moved through the grief you will know. She will grieve, Ignatia will help her through this.

Make sure you are clear with each dog about what is going on with this process of life. As I always say, lose a companion, go out and adopt another. I hope she can be saved, but if not in time, I hope you will find another friend for your healthy pooch. As for your pooch with kidney failure, I will post remedies, because there is always hope. Go on BARF websites and read all about raw diets.

Where there is life, there is hope.

-Nux Vomica 30C-Useful as an occasional treatment for uremia. Will help with the symptoms of toxicity; nausea, vomiting, feeling ill.

Natrum Mur 6X- Helps with the bodies use of water. Animals that are very thirsty and prefer cool, surfaces to lie on.

Sepia 6C-Stomach symptoms, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite.

Pulsatilla 6C-No sign of thirst, prefers cool surfaces to lie on.

The above are from Dr. Pitcairn's Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

If you want his kidney failure canine diet recipe, let me know.

Arsenicum Album-Thist-frequent small sips of water, restlessness worse after midnight, chilliness, hangs head over water bowl or food w/o eating, they are thirsty but drinking may cause nausea, act hungry but only eat a little.

China-Excessive loss of bodily fluids.

Chininum Arsenicosum-Symptoms are like Arsenicum Album, but animal does not respond to Arsenicum Album.

Chininum Muriaticum-Use if Natrum Mur, provides no benefit.

Chininum Sulphuricum-When Sulphur is indicated but does not work.

Mercurius Vivus or Solubilis-Disease has progressed to the point of mouth inflammation, ulcers on gums, iritability, animal may wish to be left alone.

Natrum Mur.-thirsty, avoid the sun, tend to want to be left alone, rather than being pet.

Sulphur-Sluggish and unkempt animals, poor grooming habits, animal may be chilled because of kidney failure, animal seeks out heat, may not be as chilly as Arsenicum, but will avoid cold areas, thirst, poor appetite, friendly, relaxed, easygoing.

The about are from Homeopathic Care for Dogs and Cats by Don Hamilton DVM.

If any of these remedies fit and you want more info. on the profile, let me know.
Namaste27 last decade
You have been very helpful. Thank you for all the information.

I have Dr. Pitcairn's book and use the diet recipe. Today I bought and gave her the Nux Vomica 30C--she seems to be feeling a little better. Thank you for the suggestion. I will try the others as well.

Again, many thanks,

Kiranna last decade
I have gotten a young dog (about 7 months old) from the shelter. I feed her raw meat mixed with pureed parsley, alfalfa sprouts, a few carrots and calcium, sprinkled with a bit of dry food. I have had her for a week. After she eats, she will SOMETIMES sleep but then when she gets up, or after she eats she will start panting excessively. She will not have been active, in any case. It is not hot. She LOOKS very healthy. Wondering if that is a sign of heartworms..? Is there anything else I should be looking for? She seems to eat well (is about 40 lbs). Any ideas?
Crickett last decade
post on www dot homeocure center dot com to see what their qualified vet homeopath has to say.

Namaste27 last decade
Could not reach that site.
Crickett last decade

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