Why Do Dogs Pant? What’s Normal And What’s Not

Why Do Dogs Pee When They Are Happy?

Dogs pant when they are happy because it makes them feel good. A dog will usually go through several stages of happiness before going into one of sadness or depression. These stages vary from person to person and depend on many factors such as mood, environment, etc. For example, some dogs may not show any signs at all until they have been out in the cold weather for awhile. Other dogs may start panting right away, but only when they are excited or happy. Some dogs might even stop panting completely during these times.

Panting is normal for most dogs and does not indicate anything wrong with them. However, there are certain circumstances where a dog may experience a sudden onset of panting while he/she is experiencing joyous feelings.

One of those situations is when a dog is being taken to the vet. If your pet suddenly starts panting while he/she is waiting for the doctor, then it means that something is seriously wrong with him/her.

In general, a dog will always pant when he/she feels stressed or anxious. However, sometimes dogs may start panting even without any reason whatsoever.

This is when things get a bit concerning. There are several signs that may help you tell the difference between normal and abnormal panting. If your pet starts panting excessively, then it may be time to take him to the doctor.

Let us take a moment now to explain how to differentiate normal from abnormal, shall we?

If your pet is panting excessively for no reason whatsoever, then this may be a sign of a heart or lung disease. It may also mean that your pet is anxious or stressed out. If your dog starts panting excessively suddenly, and there are no signs of physical exertion, then you have a cause for concern.

On the other hand, if your pet only starts to pant when he/she is excited or overly exercised, then there is no need to worry. This type of panting is completely normal and should not be a cause for concern.

However, if your pet starts panting excessively even after a few minutes of exercise, then you may want to contact your veterinarian.

Why Do Dogs Pant When It’s Hot?

Dogs have a tendency to overheat fairly easily. That’s why it is important to keep them cool during the summer months. Although most dogs don’t mind the heat too much, there are certain breeds that absolutely detest it. Take the Saint Bernard for example. These gigantic furry dogs have a hard time controlling their body temperature. As a result, many of them suffer from heat stroke every year. If you plan on bringing your dog with you when you go out hiking, then you will need to take the necessary precautions to ensure his/her safety.

The first thing that you should do is buy your furry friend a hiking backpack. Not only is this good for their physical health, but it also prevents them from wandering off and getting lost.

It can get very easy for a dog to wander off the trail and into the wilderness while they are sniffing around for wild game or forest critters. A hiking backpack will help you keep track of your furry friend at all times.

Next, you should always bring plenty of water along on your hiking trips. It is also a good idea to bring extra water for your dog as well.

Dogs can easily get dehydrated, especially if they are actively running around while you are hiking uphill on a hot day.

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Finally, you should always make sure that both you and your dog remain as hydrated as possible. On hot days, it is a good idea to alternate the carrying of your backpacks so that you’re not over exerting yourself.

You should also try to find shade whenever you can in order to avoid overheating. If you start to notice that your dog is panting excessively, or if his tongue starts to hang out of his mouth, then you need to find shade immediately.

What Should I Do If My Dog Is Panting?

As we briefly mentioned earlier in this article, heavy panting can be a sign of several medical conditions such as heart disease and lung cancer. If you notice that your pet is panting excessively, then you should make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. He or she will be able to examine your dog and let you know if he/she is suffering from a serious medical condition. If there is nothing wrong, then you may only have to keep a closer eye on your pet. If there is a serious problem, however, then you will need to get him to the hospital immediately!

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