As the “dog days of Summer” approach us, we may notice that our active dogs will sweat and pant a lot more than normal. Dogs are active creatures, and it is our responsibility of dog owners to be aware of their safety at any given time. Continue reading this article to learn more about why dogs pant and when you should and should not worry.
It is important to realize that dogs pant when they are excited, happy, want to play, and to cool off. As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, you may notice that your dog is panting more than usual. Please do not be alarmed. When humans sweat, that is our body’s way of cooling itself off. Unlike humans who sweat all over their body, dogs sweat through their paws. This is where panting comes into play. Therefore, it is crucial to have plenty of water for your dog so that they can stay hydrated. If your dog spends a lot of time outside and you notice that they are panting post of the day, it just means that your dog is hot, and their body is working the way that it should be.
Keep in mind that dogs can also pant when something is physically wrong with them. Panting can be a sign of illness, allergic reaction to something, or because of anxiety. Your dog may also pant if they are hungry or thirsty. If your dog has been resting inside all day and they continue to pant, you should investigate it.
Overall, dogs are active creatures. Panting is a way for them to cool off and most of the time, there is nothing that you need to worry about. If you know that your dog has no reason to pant, be sure to pay close attention and continue to monitor.