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Heavy panting in the middle of the night

I started Django on a SA med that is given for evening departures on an as needed basis and one of the side effects (at least for people) is that it makes you thirsty.

I have noticed that on the evenings I have to give him this med, around 1:00 in the morning he begins to pant like crazy. The pill only last in his system 6 hours so by the time 1:00 a.m. rolls around it's well past the 6 hours.

I don't know if the pills is causing this or not, not a known side effect with dogs (talked to the vet about this) When I return in the evening, it's usually time for last call and then bed time. He has not issues at this point but then at 1:00 a.m. the panting begins.

I thought another component could be the heat so when the panting starts, I kick up the AC a notch. It's been very warm and we do keep our house at a nice temp but perhaps it's too warm for him.

Usually when the panting starts I'll give him some water and about 20 minutes later the panting stops and he settles. Any thoughts?
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He probably is thirsty because of the medication. Is the water where he can get to it him self?

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One idea that helps cool dogs in the summer is to shave their belly and let them lay down on a tiled floor.

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Vino is always HOT especially at night. He sleeps on a cool mat (during the summer and even in the winter time). I actually keep two cool mats in the freezer just in case he starts to pant during the day. He LOVES his mat. He will go to it as soon as he sees it. Here is the one I use and I bought a cover for it too:

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Is Django drinking water just before bedtime?
Usually I give Henry a tiny treat before heading off to bed and he laps up a good amount of water before turning in.
Also, refresh the water dish, maybe add another bowl of fresh water and mention it to him (he'll look at you and listen, seriously).

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HE has access to a water bowl that's in our bathroom and actually was lapping up water last night. It's funny, I do tell him to drink some water before we head upstairs and I swear he understands me!
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Fred pants a lot in the summer. He won't sleep in his dog bed in the warm month. He will steep on top of a cool piece of furniture. I have an overhead fan and that does the trick

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