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Should I be worried about Cooper's panting?

I first noticed Cooper panting like this last summer. Today it was only 70 degrees outside and I let the boys play for about 30 minutes. Their play consists of hard RLH, then finding the closest shade, preferrably with a mud puddle. Rest for a minute or two, the RLH again.

I've attached aseries of short videos of Cooper more than 30 minutes after we came back inside. He was still panting, with his head wobbling like a bobble-head. That's what worries me the most. Should I be worried?

I will tell you, he's a mess. He has oak tree pollen hanging in his beard and green feet. lol All of the clips are short because he kept moving to avoid the camera. One of the clips you see him pat his foot for me to pet him. :-)





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Have you talked to your vet? Has Cooper's heart been checked? I think he may be in need of a physical just to put your mind at ease. How warm is your home? He looks like he just can't cool down. I'm sure he has free access to water, but he sure made me thirsty watching him pant like that. Poor guy.

I wish I knew what to tell you, but I think this is best left to his veterinarian or someone who can identify why he is panting so hard so much later.
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Thanks for responding Kimberly. The house is cool and I put fresh water out when they came back in the house.

I've been letting his hair grow out during the winter. I wonder if I should keep him in a puppy cut? The debate is strong about whether his hair keeps him cooler or hotter. He panted just as hard last summer when he had a really short puppy cut.

I asked the vet about this last year, but he just said some dogs pant harder than others. I had them do a heart worm test just to make sure and they drew blood work, but didn't find anything. I think I may take the videos in and let him look at them.

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I'm thinking a physical is a good idea and I'd show the video to the vet too. Better to be safe than sorry.
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It can also be a sign of stress. But first get a vet to check things out. Here is an article on panting. http://www.natural-dog-health-remedi...g-panting.html The video didn't work for me. If panting is related to stress, often the tongue will be cupped at the tip as opposed to laying limp and relaxed.)

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I've never heard of that Dave. That's really interesting. In the videos, Max's tongue is basically hanging straight with an ever-so-slight spoon effect at the bottom, but not enough that I would have noticed without trying to scrutinize because of your comment. I'd daresay it is flat for the most part.

Since you already asked your vet about this, it is probably nothing. I do know that some of my Havs have panted much harder than others, but I was a bit surprised at how hard Cooper was panting a half hour after his playtime.
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Oh I wish I knew - I must say however the little paw tapping for a pet is really cute. He was obviously happy for you to be petting him. He seemed to relax nicely at that point.

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I've never heard of that Dave. That's really interesting. In the videos, Max's tongue is basically hanging straight with an ever-so-slight spoon effect at the bottom, but not enough that I would have noticed without trying to scrutinize because of your comment. I'd daresay it is flat for the most part.

Since you already asked your vet about this, it is probably nothing. I do know that some of my Havs have panted much harder than others, but I was a bit surprised at how hard Cooper was panting a half hour after his playtime.
OK ,the video finally worked a bit and then stopped. He is shaking a bit too which might be a stress indicator, I would get him checked out.

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Thanks, Dave. I think he looks stressed, too. Not from his surroundings, but from his inability to catch his breath. He gasps every once in awhile and licks his chops. It stesses me to watch him!

He does pant when he is stressed, for instance, he hates car rides. He pants, drools and sometimes throws up. During that pant, he does cup his tongue, like you described.

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Janan, he does look like he can't get cool. In the video where he paws for attention (adorable Jasper does this too) It looks like he has a blue spot on his tongue...is that just lighting?

I hope the Vet can set your mind to ease again. I know Jasper pants like that summer and winter if he has to go do his biz and we ignore him. So I do know stress can cause panting. But what would Cooper be stressed about?

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