Dear VetBabble, I recently visited my local veterinarian who seems to think my 10-year-old yellow lab has been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, and he’s been started on medication. However, soon after beginning the prescribed medication, my absolutely wonderful dog began panting heavily. As a worried pet owner, this has left me quite concerned. Should I see my vet as soon as possible?
Understanding Cushing’s Disease and Its Medication
Firstly, I understand that your dog’s recent diagnosis of Cushing’s disease may be a bit alarming and confusing to you. But do take heart. Cushing’s disease, while requiring long-term treatment, can be managed effectively with the right medication and regular monitoring.
Moderate to heavy panting can certainly be a side effect of the disease or the prescribed medication. However, not every pant is a sign of discomfort or an indicator of a problem. Dogs may pant heavily due to heat, exercise or stress, but if this symptom appears alarming, it’s definitely a good idea to consult with your vet as soon as possible. In fact, I would recommend learning about the Basic Preventative Health: What Does Your Dog Need? so you can take proactive measures for your furry friend’s wellbeing.
Evaluating Your Dog’s Current Situation
In the present situation, the crucial step is to closely monitor your dog for symptoms other than heavy panting that may indicate an adverse reaction to the medication, an increase in disease severity, or possibly another health issue. Symptoms to watch out for can include, but are not limited to, increased thirst, changes in appetite, unusual weight gain or loss, lethargy, or behavioral changes.
Regular and timely health checks are also quite essential to be proactive about your pet’s health. The long term health and wellness of your beloved pet quite often depend on these regular health assessments. Hence, consider exploring Regular Health Checks for Dogs to better understand their importance.
Considering Potential Other Health Issues
While panting is common in dogs and often innocuous, it’s essential to note that heavy panting could also be indicative of other serious health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or even seizures. Our article on Seizures in Dogs can provide insightful details on these health conditions.
If ever you find yourself in a situation where your dog seems to be in distress, appears unresponsive, or experiences a seizure, it’s absolutely vital to be prepared. This is where knowing Basic First Aid for Dogs can prove to be lifesaving.
In conclusion, while your current situation may be a bit concerning, remember that your dog has the best chance with early diagnosis, medication, and proper management of Cushing’s disease. It’s crucial to stay in regular contact with your vet, and don’t hesitate to ask questions or express concerns about your dog’s health. We are here to help, and we want the best for your four-legged family member.