6 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Panting

Posted by Belinda Bird on
When it comes to dogs and panting, it is so common that we generally assume it is because they are happy or a little warm and are trying to cool down. But in actual fact it can be a sign that something more sinister is going on with your pooch and one of the first signs that Veterinary attention may be necessary. 
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Knowing why your dog is panting can be the best way to understand if they need some extra help. After all, no one knows your dog better than you!
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We have gone through and listed out 6 reasons why your dog may be panting:

 

 

1. TO COOL DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that dogs do not have sweat glands?! Seems rather strange, doesn't it! It is due to this that dogs need to find ways to cool off regularly on hot days. You will often see them drinking more water, digging in the dirt to find a cooler layer to lay in, or attempting to fit their whole body into their water bowl. Panting is a way for dogs to keep fresh air circulating around their body in order to keep it cool. If you notice your dog panting on a hot day, ensure he has fresh/cool water, access to a pond or something similar if possible and access to shade. 

 

 

2. HEAT STROKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On very hot days it can be difficult to keep heat stroke at bay, but with fresh water and shade offered it makes a huge difference. Hosing your dog off throughout the day if you are home is a great way to provide some quick relief. 

 

As we are sure you are aware... never, ever leave your dog locked in a car. On a hot summers day, it only takes about 15 minutes for a dog to pass away from heat exhaustion. 

 

What to do if you see a dog locked in a car? It is best not to break the window yourself if you can avoid it, but you can either call the local police or roadside assist. Most companies we make it their priority and be there as soon as possible. 

 

Heatstroke can be life-threatening and can come on very fast in summer, so if your dog continues to pant excessively, hose him down and take his temperature, or contact your local Veterinarian. 

 

 

3. ANXIETY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panting is one of the first signs of anxiety in dogs. Dogs suffering from anxiety commonly show signs around loud noises such as fireworks, sudden changes in the environment, car rides and/or changes in the household. 

 

Any pet owners that have a dog suffering from anxiety know just how debilitating and stressful it can be for both the dog and his owner. 

 

There are medicated alternatives that are by prescription only or there are natural ways to help reduce the anxiety that are much more gentle. 

 

You can try making the experience a positive one through treat rewards or use our 'Chill Out' product that calmes within minutes, without causing sedation. You can see our Chill Out product here. 

 Or, you can watch its effects here. 

 

 

4. ILLNESS

 

When it comes to panting and illness, panting alone is not a definitive diagnosis, but it can provide a warning that further testing is needed. For example, a dog with heart disease can pant due to an increase in heart rate and a need to gain more oxygen to support their system. Or, respiratory disease can make it difficult to breathe causing panting and often sneezing, blocked sinuses and/or coughing. 

 

The biggest key to remember is that if your dog is panting while resting, than you should have him checked over by a Veterinarian. 

 

 

5. ALLERGIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, dogs can have allergies just like us. We may not pant more when we have an allergy but the allergy itself causing the problem can be the same. 

 

Dogs with allergies tend to sneeze a lot, wheeze and can have inflamed airways causing a restriction in their breathing, and in turn, cause panting. 

 

If you can pinpoint when their symptoms occur, this will help to understand what they are allergic too. 

 

 

6. POISON INGESTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a horrible position to be in, and we hope you as a pet parent never are. Poison ingestion generally comes with a number of other signs, such as lethargy, vomiting, diorrhea, yelping etc. depending on the poison ingested. Panting is normally a coping mechanism to help the dog manage the pain or stress that he is under at that time. If you think your dog has ingested a poison, it is vital that you seek Veterinary attention immediately. 

 

There are also a number of poisons in the home that are easily forgotten or not known. See our article on - 10 Most commonly reported poisonings in dogs. 

 

You can also see our article here for  - Must have Emergency numbers. 

 

 

We would love to hear any comments or stories that you have. 

 

From all the team at

Innate Pets 

 


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