• My black lab is almost 8 months old and has been panting nonstop for the past few days. He has plenty of water throughout the day. He pants excessively when he’s not exerting energy. Should I bring him in to the vet?

    Hi Marissa,
    I recommend that you take him into see a veterinarian as soon as possible. An increased respiration rate while at rest is concerning, This can be caused by some serious diseases including heart disease, pneumonia, or an underlying medical issue. Your vet can talk to you more about the cause of this after they have examined him. They may recommend some lab tests and/or x-rays to help with the diagnosis. The treatment he needs will depend on the underlying cause and severity of his symptoms.

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