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    I do realise that this could range from stress/anxiety through to heart problems but as we have a wealth of experienced knowledge here I thought I'd post the question ( more likely to appease myself a little until Monday and vets lol )

    Tonk is with me for the weekend as a break from the kennels. He was here for the weekend last 2 weeks ago as he became sick ( vomiting,gastric,lathargy yet hyper ? drastic loss of weight yet appetite high ,had noticed the increased panting a little but he would seem fine after toileting so I put it down to possible stomach spasms/cramps)
    Over that weekend though he became 'good' and was looking 'fuller' not as tucked but still a little ribby/hippy. Plus I dont think the kennel staff at that time were providing him the 3 correct meals a day . They are now very aware of his Pica and extremely high anxiety levels and his weight had seemed to begin to improve as had his anxiety levels.

    Now the last few days has seen another rapid drop off of weight yet again his appetite seemed fine ( was very fine in fact his first afternoon/night here last night - has seemed to level off a bit now) a sudden bout of explosive very pale liquid gastric ( strangely only the once this afternoon and could possibly be change in water as at kennels he is on tank water) and this excessive panting. I was more aware of it this time as he was doing it last night whilst we were going to bed,he'd get comfy then 10 minutes later begin to pant again and look for another position....which again led me to think it was maybe pain related. Tonight just hopping up to follow me to the kitchen was accompanied by the panting. I dont believe it was too warm and he'd come from laying on my bed. I guess I've noticed it more today possibly because now I'm looking for it ? And of course this ribby,tucked up look from the weight loss

    With his attatchment to me and his anxiety/stress levels and considering our current situation I was also now possibly thinking it may be those level rise higher than normal when I leave a room or go to get up and move and bring about the panting through fear/stress.

    I guess I was wondering if he sounds to anyone else as if he may have a pancreatic based problem ( which I'm highly hoping not) ?

    And yes,as I said,I do realise that only a vet will tell me for sure ( Monday all the testing will begin) but it would be interesting ( and perhaps calming ) to hear others ideas and experiences.

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    Bugga! Forgot to add the bad fishy type breathe and disgusting smelling gas ( and I mean really disgusting)

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    The really foul smell makes it sound pancreatic.......Fishy small could mean keto acidosis ( "spelling).

    I must admit if a very large dog start panting and such I go into Bloat prevention overdrive.....Stress could be a part of it, but the weight loss and very foull smells send me in the pancreatic zone
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    Thanks Newf , its also what I'm thinking but hoping isn't. With the keto , there is no fatigue or loss of appetite , would it matter do you think ?

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    I would have to smell the breath..i have a great nose for those things.....Comes from being an old-fashioned nurse.......Tiredness is not always a factor, some can even be hyperactive. One of our local GSD's was like that at training..She is now finally better. The owners have been very diligent with diet and treatment (very expensive).

    I hope it is something more simple, maybe just not the right diet.....Sometimes a complete change of diet can tell too.....Good luck
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    Thanks Newf

    And one would certainly label him hyper when out .

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