Thirsty dog in hot day

Why is my dog panting?

What Makes a Dog Pant?

Here are some of the most prevalent causes of panting in dogs.


Panting is a common occurrence in happy, energetic dogs. It assists dogs in cooling down because they are unable to sweat like humans.

Dog panting in summer

Panting allows your dog to quickly intake, humidify, and exhale the air, increasing water evaporation from his nose and lungs. The body cools down from the inside out when water evaporates.

Dog tongue
Dog tongue

When a dog pants, a considerable amount of water evaporates in a short amount of time, so always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water on hot days.

Little girl running with dog in autumn woods

This form of regular panting can be pretty heavy, but it should be proportional to the air temperature or the amount of activity your dog is engaged in.


Dog with rope toy on sofa. Excited about biting a toy

When dogs get enthusiastic, they pant as well. Panting is a common reaction to something exciting, such as meeting new people or receiving a treat. This form of panting is often accompanied by whining and can be quick and shallow.


When dogs are worried, they pant and whine in the same way that they pant and whine when they are excited.

Dog with sad eyes

Take attention of your dog’s body language if you notice them panting.

Are their pupils dilated and tired?

Portrait husky dog with blue eyes

Are they yawning and averting their gaze?

Adorable furry dog yawning

These are some of the most common signs that your panting dog is worried.

Assess the scenario to see how you may make your dog feel more at ease so they don’t become afraid or agitated.


Scared dog at the veterinary surgery

It’s crucial to understand that dog panting might signify sickness, discomfort, or pain. By performing a thorough examination and perhaps diagnostic tests, your veterinarian can determine whether your dog is panting because they are in pain.


Even when your dog is not hot, excited, or stressed, medications, particularly prednisone or other steroids, can induce increased panting.

A mongrel unbred puppy, examination in a vet clinic, vaccination. vet doctor gives medicine to a pup

This is a typical side effect, and you should consult your veterinarian if your dog is panting excessively.


Heatstroke causes dogs to pant excessively, which can swiftly lead to dehydration and death if left untreated. Heatstroke necessitates immediate veterinary attention.

Woman in hat with dog on field

Overheated dogs pant profusely and are likely to appear uncomfortable in some way. Because they are so concentrated on cooling themselves, they may be restless, lying out flat, and/or not reacting to you.

Dog drinks water from fountain in hot summer day

Take frequent breaks, seek shade, and give your dog lots of water on hot summer days or while trekking and spending time outside to avoid heatstroke.

Do not leave your dog outside in extreme heat or for extended periods of time. On hot days, dogs with short snouts should stay cool and hydrated since they are more susceptible to heatstroke.

Brittany dog and Beagle dog together on sunny hot day

Even on moderate days, the interior of a car can reach dangerously high temperatures, endangering your dog’s life in as little as 10-15 minutes.

Hand holding remote in front of air conditioner.

When going errands, turn on the air conditioner or leave your pal at home.


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