Well, my boyfriend and I adopted a dog yesterday. I’ve had a lot of dogs, nothing new here. He’s healthy except for allergies, and strong. Yesterday he got rowdy trying to ward off a strange dog and if I hadn’t tried very hard to keep my feet on the ground, I would have ate asphalt.
He’s five, and a German Shepherd x Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler; Aus Shep) x possibly Chow, because he has a fluffy tail that curls and the tip touches his back. His eyes water SEVERELY and are really puffy, but the vet that he saw before he came to us (when he was in foster care) said it was just allergies.
I do need to take him to the vet – I need to see a second opinion about his eyes because it looks miserable.
We throw the ball for him for about fifteen minutes at a time about 4 times per day. He’s slightly overweight, by my estimate about ten to fifteen pounds. He will run after anything you throw for as long as you will throw it and he loves it, wags his tail and talks to everyone with his big booming voice. But when he comes inside, he takes A LONG time to cool down. Half an hour +. He pants a bit and then he breathes hard through his nose. It’s uneven sometimes. Because I’ve only had him for 24 hours and he’s been home for a little bit less than that, I can’t tell whether he’s anxious or whether he’s got a breathing issue. His weight WILL be going down now that I can feed him a proper diet.
Does anyone know why he takes SO long to cool down? He breathed like this a lot last night, even though he’s very calm, he had rapid breath. I’m worried it’s something more than anxiety.
Answer by Jojo
At the moment the panting is possibly a combination of things.
He is probably a bit anxious because of his change of environment.
he may have a thick coat and feel hot indoors.
Also he is overweight and not in a fit condition to chase a ball for 15 minutes at a time.
If his eyes are bothering him because of an allergy, giving him a piriton (from the pharmacy) tablet in the mornings may help.
I would start walking him out for 30 minutes twice a day to improve his fitness and lose some weight before you keep making him run after a ball.
Also make sure its not too warm indoors for him.
My dogs will pant indoors if its too hot for them.
taking all this into account, 30 minutes is not that long for an unfit dog to cool down after exercise. Remember they can only sweat through their mouth and paw pads.
And yes, its a good idea to get him checked over at the vets to be on the safe side. Good Luck.