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Reasons Dogs Pant

Aug 12th 2015 at 11:02 PM

Dogs pant for various reasons, and although it is usually normal for them to do so, sometimes panting can indicate a serious health problem. Here are important reasons why dogs pant:

Cool Down

Unlike people, dogs don’t have an efficient way to lose body heat. Their sweat glands are only present between their paws, thus they have to cool down by panting and circulating cooled blood throughout their body. Because they are not as efficient at cooling themselves, they should always have access to fresh water and protection from the sun.

Dogs are highly vulnerable to heat stroke, which can be fatal. Thus you should take extra precautions to protect your pooch from extreme temperature especially during the hot summer months. Avoid taking him on walks during the hottest parts of the day or leaving him inside your car. Senior dogs and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds are especially prone to heatstroke.


An ill dog may also pant. The behavior is usually accompanied by other symptoms, thus your dog may need veterinary attention.

Fear or Excitement

Dogs also pant when they are scared or excited. You may notice your pooch panting heavily during fireworks display or during a thunderstorm.

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