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My dog has been panting and "shivering" the last few days at night
beanie_gene posted:
My 11 year old beagle terrior mix starting this panting and shivering when a storm would be coming in the last few years. However, for the 3 nights in a row, she started to pant and then will shiver. Her tail goes between her legs, and won't leave my side. In the last three nights, there has not been any storm, only warmer weather. It has made me a little concerned as her panting and shivering will go on for at least 2 hours, or until she fall asleep. I have tried to calm her, give her water. Nothing will help. Last night I noticed her pads on her feet were real warm.

Any advice?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
I apologize for the tardiness of this reply. Pets can be amazingly intuitive when it comes to predicting storms, earthquakes, their owner's seizures and some can even sniff out cancer. I would be concerned with your pet's age, that there may be an underlying cause such as some type of discomfort, organ malfunction or other medical issue. If you haven't taken her to your veterinarian since posting this message, I would strongly recommend that you do so. I believe that senior pets need at least a twice yearly wellness exam. So much can change in a year's time and these pets are too good at hiding their signs of illness until we are playing the catch up game.
Best of health...
Dr. Bernadine
beanie_gene replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
Thank you for your reply. She is do for her teeth cleaning next week, and I am going to mention the shivering/panting. Her last appointment was about a month ago, her blood work is all ok. However, the shivering/panting started after her appointment. The odd thing, only happens at night. Once she goes to sleep, it stops, and then is fine, until the evening comes around.


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