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Labrador excessive panting, anxious, won’t sit still, keeps

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Labrador excessive panting, anxious, won’t sit still, keeps hiding started 2 hours ago
JA: I know panting can be worrying. Let's get you talking to the Vet. What's the Labrador's name and age?
Customer: henry 9
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear this.
Has this ever happened before?
Are his gums still nice and pink?
Any retching or abdominal bloating?
Does he have any underlying medical issues such as joint disease?
Finally, any chance he has eaten something he shouldn't have?
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
It’s never happened before, I’ve never seen him in such a state. His gums are black and pretty red and I’ve noticed two black spots that I can’t say I’ve noticed before on his tongue. He doesn’t appear bloated or have joint problems.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
No he hasn’t eaten anything he shouldn’t have. He’s been home all day. Eaten his tea and been to the toilet.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
Thank you.
That may be his natural pigment.
Bright red gums can be indicative of disease such as carbon monoxide toxicity.
As he is so distressed and hasn't settled after 10-20 minutes, an immediate vet visit is best.
They will examine him and may perform tests such as a chest xray.
He may require medicine to calm him down and perhaps some oxygen.
Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this soon.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
He’s been like it since 4pm. No vets are open at this time near me. He’s started to calm but only just. He’s finally just laid down
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
If you send on your postcode I can find your nearest open clinic.
It's good he has settled but the concern is that there may be something sinister ongoing and he may worsen during the night.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Dn22 7na
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
Midnight vet Doncaster appears to be the closest at about 25 minutes away. I appreciate that isn't very close by. Have you called the vet you are registered with to see what they offer?
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Have you got the number for them? Or is it called midnight vet? He’s laid down and calm at the moment.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
Of course. Their number is:
01302 579590
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
apologies, my phone autocorrected the name, it is MiNight rather than midnight.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Thank you. I will see how he is. I’ve got another dog and a little girl so it would mean taking them with me. Thank you for your help, if I have any more questions can I contact you
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
I understand, that's difficult.
I will be online so do contact me if anything changes.
Hopefully his breathing settles and comes down to 30 breaths a minute or less.
I would have him in a calm and quiet, dark room with a nice, comfy bed.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Thank you so so much. Yes, he’s curled up in the darkest part of the room and the panting has almost stopped, I just don’t want it to worsen.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 9 days ago.
Fingers crossed and take care.
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Hi Linda, so the panting has stopped but he’s still really anxious, hiding upstairs and won’t come down, doesn’t want to be near anyone, when he’s been outside he won’t come back in. Is it likely he could have had some form of seizure?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.
That does not sound like a seizure, no. It sounds more like generalised anxiety which may be caused by e.g. a source of chronic pain or nausea.
I would advise a vet visit for a general check and they may run some basic tests such as blood work. He might benefit from e.g. anti inflammatories or some anti nausea medicine.
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you, I’m booking him in first thing in the morning.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 8 days ago.
Not at all.