Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Panting and Pacing

by Ashley
(Solana Beach California)

Hi Everyone! I have a red merle Aussie rescue. He is about 13 and is now sleeping all day and panting and pacing at night. Last night I took him out four times in the middle of the night and every time he did a little pee pee. He has been to the vet. No infections—he is a lil wobbly from left-over vestibular disease two years ago. Any info would be greatly greatly appreciated as I am totally exhausted these days and work full time and want to do what is best for the love of my life! THANK YOU! Ashley! :)

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Sr dog pacing & panting /w vestibular disease
by: Michele

Ditto! My 15 yo blue merle aussie is about 3 weeks out from the initial diagnosis of vestibular disease. She paces and pants almost non-stop unless I am on the floor loving on her. It is still pretty warm where we live so I would expect her to drink a lot of water but she needs to go out frequently. I've had her checked, no urinary tract infection. When she does go out it takes her forever to pace around the yard and finally do her business. I can't figure out if there is another problem or if this is just a result of the vertigo. It's breaking my heart and it's exhausting for both of us.

See a vet, have them do a CBC
by: Dan V.

Frequent urination, urinating a little at a time, drinking a lot, waking you you up at night to go out... can all be signs of serious illness such as kidney disease. It is fairly common in elderly dogs. If the kidney disease is advanced, then a CBC (complete blood count) will show elevated creatinine and BUN. If the CBC is normal, then an ultrasound and XRays can be done of the kidney and bladder to look for stones, swelling, or other abnormalities.

For males, a hardening or swollen prostate can also cause frequent urination, so it is worthwhile to have the vet palpate the prostate to see if they detect anything.

Talk with your vet. Hopefully it is something simple, but I wouldn't recommend ignoring the problem.

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