17th April 2013, 05:14 PM
Panting? And bowel strangeness
Hello everyone, been a while since I posted. I'm aware similar threads have been posted, but I was looking for an answer unique to my situation.
Summer's approaching, and with it comes warm temperatures and sunny days. Naomi's black coat definitely heats up. I've noticed that since the weather has gotten warmer, during outside play time she will pant. In the mornings I take her to the local dogpark at odd hours, so we are the only ones there. She'll pant, but the whole time keep running around, sniffing and playing. When she starts to slow down is when we go home.
Do you think her panting is safe as long as her energy level isn't dwindling? I make sure she always has clean water available (including at the park), and during outside play times make her break every 5-10 minutes to be sure she is drinking enough. She'll pant inside too, sometimes, while laying in a patch of sun from the window (but will not get up from the patch, and will be grumpy if I move her from her warm spot).
Naomi came into my life during the winter, so I can't tell if she's just a dog who pants a lot in the summer, or if something is wrong.
Also: Naomi is nearing the 6 month mark. In the past week or so, she has had some odd regressions. Around five months she took some steps back in training, including wetting in the house. However, since the day she came home she has been perfect regarding bowel movements outside, and never had an accident. In the past week or two, she has had 3 accidents, all bowel movements, and all during heavy play sessions. Any one have any idea why this would be?
Normally she has a really long "poopy dance" but during these instances she's either been playing with her doggie playmate (twice)
or me (once) and just mid game will squat and go... extremely unusual for her.
17th April 2013, 05:52 PM
I can't help you with the panting, but Remy, who also just turned 6 months has also regressed in the poopy department and when he is playing rough with his big sister. He hasn't squatted in front of me, which I wished he had, that way I could turn it into something positive. I figured he doesn't want to interrupt play time thinking it may not continue when he returns. I have been trying to keep track of his potty schedule so I can take him out during those times, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. These guys sure keep us on our toes.
Sir Remington II (Remy) Oct. 17, 2012 -
17th April 2013, 05:58 PM
Honestly I think she may need to be checked out but the vet for the potty issues, before you call it a regression in training....some times dogs with this when they have some type of bladder infection or the likes. Maybe the pooping mid-play has something to do with that. Because its weird I would want to rule out any medical problems first.
As for the panting, I had Fletcher out in the heat almost all summer, at the beach, swimming, camping you name it. Making sure she has cool water and is drink helps but I found Fletcher LOVES frozen pieces of fruit too oh and just plain ice. I was so worried I'd make him sick having him out. But Fletcher was a champ and could stay down at the beach on a 100 degree day for as long as the little kids about 3 hours, he swims so that helps and I made him take breaks too. I just hope he does as well this summer cause it was so fun to have him with us all the time.
"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."
17th April 2013, 06:20 PM
She's going to be spayed soon, and the vet requires a pre-op health check to be sure. She isn't in pain or anything, so I'll bring it up then and see what he thinks (later this week). Hopefully it's just a puppy thing, and if not we'll treat it as appropriate and postpone the spay.
Originally Posted by MomObvious
Was he panting while outside though? Naomi loves to run and play outside... so I'm hoping all is okay.
17th April 2013, 06:48 PM
17th April 2013, 08:08 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone! I am going to try to set Naomi up for a vet appointment tomorrow, rather than Friday. I will let you all know how it goes! Now to gather a stool sample!
Update: Naomi has a vet appointment tomorrow at noon!
Last edited by LilCav; 17th April 2013 at 11:06 PM.
18th April 2013, 06:03 PM
Good news everyone!! Naomi is fine!
She received a thorough check up. Her muzzle is on the longer side for cavaliers, so no worries about obstructed airways.
Due to the infrequency of the accidents, coupled with the situations she has them in, I have nothing to fear. She may not develop complete sphincter control until 6 months. Furthermore, puppies having accidents during play time is apparently very common. They're running and playing, having fun and ignoring what their body tells them, and then when it's already too late they realize: "I've gotta go! Now!" Age and maturity will help with this. She's on a very rigid potty schedule, and given the opportunity to go before and after play, so really we just need to wait it out.
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