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My Larger Lab mix 13yr old dog has excessive...

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27 May 2014

My Larger Lab mix 13yr old dog has excessive gas , panting and thirst? What are most common causes of gas & any remedy suggested ? How worried should I be?
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27 May 2014

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27 May 2014
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Hello, my name isXXXXX and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that Pumpkin has symptoms of increased panting, excessive gas and thirst.

Panting can be a sign of pain, anxiety, low oxygen levels due to heart disease, anemia or lung disease or changes in blood gases due to organ disease. If Pumpkin's gum and tongue color are nice and pink then primary heart or lung disease or anemia are unlikely.

Increased gas can be secondary to taking in more air, such as when dogs are panting more, but can also be due to a dietary intolerance (for example eating milk products), intestinal bacterial overgrowth, metabolic organ disease causing increased amounts of waste products or affecting her ability to digest food.

Because Pumpkin is also drinking more water then usual I am concerned that all of her symptoms are related and that she has an underlying disease process going on that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. I would be highly suspicious of organ disease such as diabetes, kidney or liver disease.
Your girl should see her veterinarian for an examination, a complete blood count, biochemistry profile, urinalysis and maybe radiographs of her abdomen depending upon what her exam and blood tests show.

In the meantime do not restrict her water, she likely needs the increased amount she is taking in.
I also recommend no table scraps and adding a probiotic, Fortiflora and Benebac are both very good, to her food to balance her gut bacteria.

Best of luck with your girl, please let me know if you have any further questions.

27 May 2014
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27 May 2014
Thankyou for your comprehensive information. She has a hearty appetite and I know she often gets some cheese as a treat possibly contributing to the sensitivity to dairy you sited. Also the suggestion of a probiotic was a surprise. Thankyou , I am dog sitting my Bff's 4 pups and Pumpkin was a recent rescue.i know she dies see a Vet on a regular basis & does have & has reviewed medication for I believe a liver problem. She just seemed so restless & uncomfortable and extremely gassy I was concerned about Bloat or worse. My BFF will return tonight & has always mentioned her grassiness but I feel not as panicked after your help ! Again Thankyou so much, Marilou
27 May 2014
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27 May 2014
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
You are very welcome, I am glad I could help. If she has liver disease that could certainly cause all of the symptoms that you are seeing. Restricting table scraps, especially those high in protein as the liver processes protein, would be important. A probiotic can also be very helpful in dogs with liver disease to replace "good" bacteria in the gut. While bloat is always a concern in big, deep chested dogs if she is eating well for you and isn't actively retching and trying to vomit that is unlikely. Thank you for the positive rating and your generosity. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns about Pumpkin, your friend is very lucky to have you as a dog sitter!
27 May 2014
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30 May 2014
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Hi Marilou, I'm just following up on our conversation about Pumpkin. How is everything going? Dr. Kara
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