My Dog Is Very Restless, Drinking Lots Of Water, Licking His Paws And Panting A Lot, What Could It Be?


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A dog panting and licking paws could be doing this for a number of reasons. The fact that the dog is very restless and is licking itself and drinking lots of water suggests that there is something not quite right. Some reasons for this are:

• Cushing's disease
The main symptoms are an increased intake of water, incontinence, increased appetite, a pot belly and excessive panting. The disease is not curable but the dog can be made more comfortable with the use of medication. The most common medication that is given to dogs with Cushing's disease is 'Vetoryl', a drug which reduces and regulates the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands.

• Heatstroke

Dogs increase their fluid intake, and will pant excessively when they are overheated or worn out. This condition should not be frequent though, and should calm down as quickly as it arrives.

• Stress

Dogs can suffer from stress. A stressed or nervous dog will increase their intake of food and water, as well as licking itself constantly. The dog may be stressed for a number of reasons so it is best to stick to a strict routine with any dog. Dogs appreciate this and are relaxed if this routine is adhered to.

• Congestive heart failure

Dogs with congestive heart failure will tire more easily, and become agitated. They will therefore pant more and become itchy in various areas of the body. They are also prone to drooling and a heavy intake of water.

It is always best to take a dog to see a vet if there is a sign of sickness, or if the dog is behaving in an unusual way. We advise you to do this at your earliest possible convenience as the likelihood of the dog recovering increases.
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My dog does this also - he'll pace around my living room, lay down, pant, get up, pant very heavily, lay down, lick his paws, get up, pant some more, etc.
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Restlessness, panting, and compulsive behaviors like licking can be secondary to pain or discomfort.  Panting can signal a problem with the respiratory tract as well.  Increased thirst can be due to nausea, kidney problems, diabetes, pancreatitis, and liver disease.  Your dog needs to be examined by a veterinarian and have some diagnostics run--these may include blood work and x-rays.
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Yes he is restless and drinking a lot of water. He will also pace around the the fence. The dog is eating well

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