Hi all: My dog has a very slight heart murmur (between 1 and 2) but the past few weeks has been waking up in the middle of the night panting. I don't think he's hot, he sleeps atop the covers and doesn't seem to want to move. He pants heavily for about 30 seconds or a minute, then licks his chops and goes back to sleep. (Leaving me awake and pondering this. Ha!)
Any experience with this? Worth a trip to the vet? He's not on any meds and seems normal otherwise.
He's a 28-lb rescue mix, probably border collie/papillion? Who knows.

Thanks! Dru, Washington, DC
Worth a trip to the vet?

You bet!
If it's the heart murmur that is causing the panting, there are medications that can help.
It could also be the sign of something else, too (e.g., Cushing Disease, CHD, etc.), so, IMO, a trip to the vet is a good idea.

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Hi all: My dog has a very slight heart murmur (between 1 and 2) but the past few weeks has ... any meds and seems normal otherwise. He's a 28-lb rescue mix, probably border collie/papillion? Who knows. Thanks! Dru, Washington, DC

(1) Yes, call the vet.
(2) A BC/papillon? We must have peectures!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
Jack or anyone as knowledgeable, would you tell me what CHD means? Is it heart disease? The OP described their dog panting during the night and Jack suggested a trip to the Vet and mentioned the dog could have Cushing's or CHD etc? Thanks...
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Judy
Could he simply be too warm? groom the undercoat out, and see if it goes away.
Sometimes being too floofy means being too hot.
Their normal is about 102 degrees. Add a fur coat. He just might not be very comfortable.