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Louie is a few months over 5 now. His winter was very sedentary due to the fact that I had to work long hard hours, and my back is out. I just about made it home each night.

Anyhow, I started walking him on short walks around the block and noticed that he is winded. Really winded. Assuming it was from weight gain (he is on steroids all summer...10 mg every other day...and he is about 80 pounds. So I cut out his cookies (well almost)...and I cut down on his canned food. He eats dry Ultra z/d (allergic to everything).

I took him on a walk to the boardwalk in the next town over, with lots of dogs and kids...things he loved, and he was alarmingly winded.

I am so frightened. I am wondering if it's heart worm? Is it cardiomyopathy? Is he in pain?....we left him with a neighbor overnight in March and he fell down her steps. She said he was limping, but when we got home, he was fine.

Lou is my $5000 dog. I have literally spent that and more on vet bills for him. We are at the verge of being broke ourselves...hence the long work hours at the hospital. Our vet is very expensive. Should I take him to the clinic in town? Should I keep walking him? He is happy and good natured in everyother way, and doesn't appear ill. His coat is shiny, he eats his meals, and he sleeps well too.

Please advise!
 

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80 pounds is quite a bit! Would suggest putting him on a diet and light exercise, increasing distance and length of walks as he regains his endurance. As long as he's not coughing or seeming ill otherwise, it's probably safe to wait for his next regular vet visit. When he's due for shots, ask the vet about it. :)
 

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Assuming it was from weight gain (he is on steroids all summer...10 mg every other day...[/b]
It is very difficult keeping weight of a hound on steriods. The only real solution is to feed less and be very diligent about leaving access to food. counter surfer etc because they will be more motivated to feed themselves as well.


Anyhow, I started walking him on short walks around the block and noticed that he is winded. Really winded[/b]
Is it he is winded or panting because of heat? Walking later in the evening or earier in the morning might help. Dog are not as efficient at colling theselves as humans when out in the sun. One way to help is to soak the dog with water to the skin to encourage evaporative cooling which is how sweating works,

FITNESS IN YOUR BACKYARD
 
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