Haven't posted in a long time, but I'm glad to have this resource!
Our 7 year old rescue, Wesley, has been panting excessively at night the last two nights. Here's some background:
He's overweight (26 lbs) and when he's not on his walk he's sleeping but he's been that way since we got him last April. He has always snored very loudly when he sleeps at night (not so much during the day). So not an active dog.
The panting is fast and lasts for hours, but has not happened at all during the day, even though his pattern of activity is the same during the day as at night. He doesn't seem to want water at those times.
About 3 weeks ago he had a grand mal seizure in the middle of the night. His first and last. VERY VERY SCARY! The vet couldn't diagnose it the following day because he was fine and, at his age, I don't want to put him through testing unless it happens again. We think it could be due to a sudden urge to play the previous evening--he suddenly grabbed a toy and wanted to play tug!
Okay, probably more info than you want when I just wish to know whether the panting signals anything. We are SO in love with this dear little guy (and our other rescue, Arrabelle) that I worry constantly about their health.
By the way, Wesley is also close to 100% deaf.
Thanks for any help!