After an epic game of fetch with your dog, have you ever wondered why your dog pants? This is a common question we hear from pet owners. We explain some common reasons why your dog pants, as well as times when you may see it as a sign of concern. 

Healthy Reasons Your Dog Pants

  • Happiness
  • Excitement
  • Feeling playful
  • To cool off after playing
  • To cool off in warm/hot weather (make sure your dog always has clean, fresh water at all times, especially during the warmer months.)

These are common, healthy reasons to pant. Just like we humans sweat, dogs pant to cool off their bodies. Since they can only sweat through their paws, they need another way to cool down. As the air circulates through their body with each inhalation, they will eventually cool off. 

When Panting Is A Sign For Concern

Dogs also pant when something is physically wrong with them. Panting can be a sign of:

  • Illness
  • Allergic reaction
  • Loud Noises Fear/Anxiety
  • Thirsty or hungry 

If your pet starts vomiting or becomes lethargic, you should contact your vet immediately.

Most of the time, your dog will pant for normal reasons, they are happy to see you, they want to play, or they need to cool off. But, if you notice them panting for other reasons, keep an eye on them to see if they may need a visit to their Ellicott City, MD veterinarian to be examined for something more serious. 

During the warmer months of summer, help your dog (and your kids too) cool off with some playtime in sprinklers, the pool, at the lake or pond, and let them play fetch with a refreshing splash! These are a great way to help cool off while also getting in exercise and great memories!