Friday, July 27, 2012

Why Dogs Pant

When humans get hot we sweat to stay cool. While dogs do sweat through their paws (which contributes to that delicious corn chip smell their paws exude!) they don't sweat through their skin to cool off. Instead dogs regulate their body temperature by panting, which circulates air through the body and has a cooling effect.

According to PetMD panting can also signal heatstroke, be a sign that your pup has ingested poison or is having an allergic reaction, or may be a symptom of illness. It's a good idea to have a mental gauge of what is normal panting for your dog, say, during and after a walk or on a hot day, this way you can better distinguish between usual and customary panting and a potential crisis.

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