I would just say to keep a close eye on that panting.  When I was in high 
school, we had an overweight, long haired older cat that started panting like a 
dog.  Problem was, it was mid-July and a very hot one at that.  My dad was 
still practicing veterinary medicine part-time at that point and I kept trying 
to get him to pay attention to it, but he kept blowing me off.  Ultimately, the 
cat died on us within a few days.  We found out later that he was having liver 
failure.  Another vet told us that panting in a cat should never be "blown off" 
like that or blamed on heat, etc.  Basically, sustained panting in a cat CAN be 
a very serious situation, so keep that in mind and be vigilant (which I already 
know you are with her).  
(Side note- yes, that cat's death caused an even bigger rift in our family due 
to what we all thought was my dad's veterinary malpractice on our own cat.  I 
threw a fit.  I know it seems that might be nice to have a vet in the family, 
but keep in mind that it depends on the vet!  Since we weren't "paying 
customers" sometimes, horribly, we got ignored.  Sigh).
caroline     > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]> To:> 
Subject: Re: Ember> Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:43:42 -0600> > Hi Jane,> > Thanks 
for thinking of us. Tests seemed> to indicate that it's an issue of> bacterial 
overgrowth in the GI tract.> Vet prescribed 10 days of metronidazole> for 
Ember. Ironically, Ember had a> formed bowel movement only a few hours> after 
we got home. I also discovered> that Ember likes to eat pumpkin without> it 
being stirred in to her food. That might> come in handy.> > My only concern is 
with something Ember> did last night, probably an hour or more> after her first 
dose. She made a strange> panting sound for about ten seconds. It> was a deep, 
breathy noise. I didn't hear> it at all the rest of the night, though> I was 
asleep for most of it, so I might> have missed a reoccurrence. I'm carbon> 
copying the list on my reply to you, in> case anyone else might have an idea.> 
> Lance> > On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:34:45 -0500, "Jane Lyons" said:> > Lance how 
is she ?> > I'm thinking of you, with fingers crossed.> > Jane> > -- > Lance 
Linimon> [EMAIL PROTECTED]> > 
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