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Why is my dog panting so much?
By Diane Miller
I know what you are thinking: She should have had this answer before she got your dog. But even if you have a good pet-care vet and a loving, caring, and experienced companion-animal behaviorist, sometimes the answer will be a bit unexpected.
The reasons for dogs panting can be quite varied, but there are three general causes. They are heat, fear and pain.
Panting from Heat
When a dog is overheated, she will pant. Dogs' normal body temperature varies according to the season of the year and other factors, but in general, during warm, sunny summer days, a dog's temperature will be above normal. Some dogs may pant from exertion, but the majority of dogs will pant when they are overheated.
Your dog should not be overheated in the summer months. During the summer, the air temperatures are high and the sun is strong. To reduce the chance that your dog will become overheated, make sure that you always keep your dog in a cool, shady area. If the air is hot and dry, your dog may pant from discomfort and to cool down.
You should pay attention to your dog's body temperature. If you are not sure how to monitor her temperature, take her temperature before and after you exercise. It is normal for a dog's temperature to rise 1 to 2 degrees within 10 minutes of exercise. You can use a temperature gun, or you can use the technique of holding your dog's muzzle or the back of the neck while placing your finger on her chest.
It is important to pay attention to your dog's temperature. If you see that her temperature is rising and you are unable to cool her down, it may be time for her to see a veterinarian.
Panting from Fear
Most dogs will pant when they are afraid, usually because they feel that they are being threatened or frightened. In these situations, it is important to pay attention to your dog's body language. If you pay attention to your dog's body language and see that she is stiff-legged, it could be a sign that she is afraid and has a heart-racing pulse.
If you notice that your dog is stiff-legged and has a heart-racing pulse, it could be a sign that she is frightened.
Many dogs are afraid of thunder, dogs barking, loud noises, fireworks, and other stimuli. If you notice your dog stiff-legged or panting because of fear, pay attention to her body language. It could be a sign that she is fearful and may need reassurance.
Panting From Pain
There are many painful things that dogs can experience. Some of the most common painful situations that dogs face include injuries, ear infections, dental problems, burns, and illnesses such as mange or diarrhea. Dogs can experience pain in different ways:
Some dogs experience pain from injuries and illnesses. They may be injured and in pain and experience discomfort that they try to alleviate with a wagging tail or by rolling around on the ground. Sometimes dogs will have pain in their bellies and may wag their tails and roll around because they are in discomfort.
Some dogs suffer from ear infections and may whine, wag their tails, and scratch at their ears when they are in pain. They may lick at their ears or even have pain when their ears are touched. If your dog has painful ears, you will notice that when you take her temperature, it is elevated.
If your dog has bad breath or has tartar in his mouth, he may pant from discomfort and it could be an indication that he has a dental problem. When a dog has dental problems, his teeth grind together. If a dog is grinding his teeth and panting from discomfort, it could be a sign that he has a dental problem and that he needs to see the vet.
If your dog gets burned and experiences pain, he will wag his tail and lick at the burn to relieve the pain.
When your dog is in pain, he will usually wag his tail.
Dogs who are suffering from pain will usually wag their tails to show that they are in pain.
Panting to Tell You Something
There are many reasons that a dog might pant when she wants to tell you something. It could be that she wants you to know that she wants something. She might be hungry, thirsty, want to go out, or want to go to a different part of the house.
When your dog pants, it is a good thing to pay attention to. She is usually trying to tell you something, and it is your job to make sure that you understand what it is that she wants. She will pant because of fear, heat, or pain. But, don't panic if you think that your dog is trying to tell you something important and then she stops panting after she gets what she wants.
If your dog pants and stops panting when she gets what she wants, it will not mean that she is upset with you. You are the one who decides how she feels and when you see that she stops panting, it will not mean that she is upset with you. She just wants what she wants and has no complaint about you not giving her what she wants.
Dogs pant because of fear, heat, pain, and to tell you that they want something.
Panting to Sleep
When dogs pant, it can be a sign that they are sleepy. If you have a dog that panting is a problem, you can try to teach your dog to stop panting. You can use the following techniques:
Give your dog a massage
Sometimes a dog will not stop panting because of fear, and the best thing that you can do is to put your dog's head on your lap or shoulders and give your dog a massage.
Cuddle your dog
When dogs are fearful, they will usually pant, and sometimes they may not stop panting. It may help to cuddle your dog. This will help