Q. Constantly panting, rubbing face with front paws constantly, and pooping on himself!

Sat, Jul 8, 2023

Laying down panting constantly and barely moving, keeps pawing his face with his front paws, and has pooped on himself!
What are causes & treatment?

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Dr. Valliyatte

Hello! I understand that you're concerned about your dog's symptoms, and there are a few potential causes that could be contributing to your dog's condition.

- Panting can be a normal response for dogs, especially when they're hot or after exercise. However, if your dog is constantly panting, even in cool conditions or at rest, it could indicate an underlying issue.

- Dogs often use their paws to scratch or rub their faces when they're experiencing discomfort or irritation. This behavior can indicate various conditions, such as allergies (which could cause itchiness), ear infections (leading to ear discomfort), or eye problems (like irritation or pain).

- If your dog is having accidents and pooping on himself, it may suggest a loss of bowel control. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including gastrointestinal issues, nerve damage, spinal problems, or even certain medications.

- Diarrhea is an important symptom to consider as it can be associated with various underlying conditions. It could be caused by dietary indiscretion, infections, parasites, food allergies, or underlying gastrointestinal disorders.

Considering the combination of symptoms your dog is experiencing, it's crucial to seek veterinary attention promptly. These symptoms could indicate a significant underlying health problem that requires immediate medical intervention.

In the meantime, it's best to keep your dog comfortable and ensure they have access to fresh water.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.