How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Vet Your Own Question

Vet
Vet, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 82
Experience:  I have spent many years in mixed practice, dealing with all the major species.
76153631
Type Your Vet Question Here...
Vet is online now

I take my two year old labradoodle between forty

Resolved Question:

I take my two year old labradoodle for walks between forty minutes to an hour and a half every day but no matter how long it is he pants for at least an hour after the exercise and has hot pads. We have an 8 month old collie and a 4 year old springer and they recover much quicker post exercise. Is this anything i need to worry about?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Vet replied 2 years ago.
Vet : Hi there, vet Andrew here. How long have you had Jasper? How long have you been doing this walking routine?
Customer: Got him aged 10 months walked him for about thirty mins till about a year old then followed this routine so about 18 months or so
Vet : Ok, so we're we're not talking about him not being used to the walk through lack of fitness.
Vet : Does he ever show signs of exercise intolerance during the walk, e.g. sitting down and panting, and not wanting to carry on? Does he ever cough, especially at night?
Customer: No he's fit he's ideal weight eating ok does get diarrhoea at the end of exercise but normal stools at all other times
Customer: He lays down mid walk and refuses to move on occasion with heavy panting
Customer: Not noticed any coughing
Vet : Exercise-related diarrhoea is quite common - my own dog sometimes gets it - and not something to panic about. Dogs pant for two reasons: a) to catch up with oxygen demand, as we humans do. b) to cool down, as they don't really sweat. My suspicion here, given the dense coat of labradoodles, is that Jasper might be over heating. Do you ever get him groomed?
Customer: Yeah girlfriend is a dog groomer is well looked after has coat brushed / clipped regularly
Vet : OK, that's handy! A young, fit dog who pants for that long after exercise is almost certainly overheating. There is no intensity of exercise possible that would need an hour to recover oxygen balance. Collies and Springers are working dogs bred to run about all day, but labradoodles aren't and as far as I can see you may be touching the limit of what Jasper is capable of in terms of exercise. What I suggest you do is introduce breaks into the walk to allow him to cool down, especially as summer approaches. Carrying water as you do is a good idea, too. Let Jasper tell you when he's getting hot and pause and allow him to cool down before proceeding.
Vet : That said, I would mention the issue to your vet when you next visit, for vaccination etc, and get the vet to give his heart and lungs a quick check over - we wouldn't want to miss a heart rhythm problem, but I think that's highly unlikely.
Customer: Ok I'll try this. Thought it was to do with overheating but wanted to be sure it's nothing ugly. Thanks for your help
Vet : If you can find any clean water along the way, and Jasper likes a swim, that can be an excellent way to cool down. However, keep an eye out for ear trouble, as these dogs are prone to it.
Vet : I hope this has made sense. Do you have any further questions?
Customer: He's always in and out of rivers or lakes so no problems there he loves a swim. No further questions thank you for your time
Vet : No problem. I hope all goes well for you and Jasper. Regards, ***** *****
Vet, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 82
Experience: I have spent many years in mixed practice, dealing with all the major species.
Vet and other Vet Specialists are ready to help you

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr Scott Nimmo

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    137
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Dr Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    137
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    2572
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1840
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    865
    15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/DrRalston/2011-10-18_1611_Vet.64x64.JPG DrRalston's Avatar

    DrRalston

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    169
    Over twelve years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    104
    I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/PE/petdoctor09/2011-12-14_51529_Picture1.64x64.jpg petdoctor09's Avatar

    petdoctor09

    Board Certified Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    72
    Veterinarian, General Practitioner