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Dog panting constantly: What does that mean?


If a dog panting without previous effort and without the weather being particularly warm, this can be a sign that something is wrong with the four-legged friend. We'll tell you here what causes constant panting. What are the causes of a dog panting constantly? - Image: Shutterstock / Christian Mueller

Usually, panting a dog is nothing to worry about. The heavy breathing is part of the noisy personality of the four-legged friends. But why is that actually the case?

Why do dogs pant?

A dog panting to lower its body temperature - especially on hot days or when it has moved a lot before. The fact that a four-legged friend lets its tongue hang out of its mouth, breathes in through its nose and exhales through its mouth, is comparable to human sweating.

Because unlike humans, dogs have no sweat glands except on their paws. Because of this, they have to get rid of excess heat elsewhere, and do so by panting. Fresh air circulates through your body and helps you to cool down from the inside. But what does it mean when a fur nose panting constantly without effort and without warm weather?

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Dog panting constantly: possible causes

Panting can be a sign of stress. This is due to fear or nervousness, for example. If a dog is afraid of aircraft noise, it may well be that he is expressing his panic in the form of panting.

Overexertion is also noticeable with panting. If the dog is exhausted, then he is not only not concentrating, but is breathing heavily and drooling if necessary. The animal shows in this way that it is tired and overwhelmed.

Last but not least, diseases and pain can also be the basis of panting. For example, poisoning or an organ injury such as a stomach twist can be behind it. With constant panting, which is not due to exertion or warm weather, a dog can point out that it is not doing well.

Warning: Since extreme panting does not tell you where the dog is in pain or what he is suffering from, you should see a veterinarian as soon as possible. He can get to the bottom of the exact cause and act accordingly.