> I took her to Vet, thought it might be time to put her to sleep. He
> said: no heartworm, listened and said her heart is good, he said her
> tongue color looks good too. He thinks...maybe arthritis and
> pancreatitis? Gave me some pills: an antibiotic and Rimadyl for pain.
> Does it sound likely that...she would walk in from a short walk in the
> yard, immediately begin stressing and panting...from "Arthritis"? or
> "pancreatis"? I like my Vet but I wonder if this is just a blind
> guess. I had thought to myself, "Her heart must be bad, and she is in
> pain and near death from that." The panting scared me, and she had
> never done that before. Is it a fairly standard guess: unexplained
> panting means PAIN?
Never had a daschund, but unexplained panting doesn't have to have anything
to do with pain. Unexplained is just that...unexplained. I know it sounds
silly, but think about it. Anyways, panting can often be a sign of stress,
not necessarily pain (lots of dogs will pant quite heavily when they go to
the vet's, doesn't mean they are in pain).
Was she displaying symptoms when you brought her in? (i.e. the heavy panting
Common symptoms of the acute form of pancreatitis in dogs include a very
painful abdomen, abdominal distention, lack of appetite, depression,
dehydration, a 'hunched up' posture, vomiting, diarrhea and yellow, greasy
stool. Fever often accompanies these symptoms. Animals with more severe
disease can develop heart arrhythmias, sepsis (body-wide infection),
difficulty breathing, and a life-threatening condition called disseminated
intravascular coagulation (DIC), which results in multiple hemorrhages. If
the inflammation is severe, organs surrounding the pancreas could be
'autodigested' by pancreatic enzymes released from the damaged pancreas and
become permanently damaged.
Do those symptoms sound somewhat familiar (obviously she won't have all of
them, and they can be to varying degrees etc).
As far as the arthritis goes, how did he come up with this diagnosis?
Checking mobility of the joints?
What part of her is painful?
Anyways hope your pup gets better quickly.