Hot Dog, Literally!

Kartikey Dwivedi

It's summertime, and your furry friend might be panting more than usual. But why do dogs pant? Let's dive into the science behind those doggy breaths!

Sweat It Out (Not Really)

Unlike humans, dogs don't sweat much through their skin. Their primary way to cool down is by panting.

Evaporation Station

Panting rapidly increases airflow over a dog's moist tongue. As the moisture evaporates, it cools the dog's blood, similar to how sweat works for us.

The Breathing Bellows

Panting also helps draw in cooler air and expel warmer air from the lungs, further aiding in cooling the body.

Beat the Heat

Short-haired dogs tend to pant less than long-haired breeds, as their fur allows for better heat dissipation.

Hydration Hero

Staying hydrated is crucial for dogs to regulate their body temperature. Ensure your pup has access to fresh, cool water on hot days.

Knowing the Danger Zone

Excessive panting combined with lethargy, glazed eyes, and excessive drooling can indicate overheating. If you see these signs, move your dog to a cool place and offer water immediately.

Cool Down Fun

Make playtime fun and refreshing!  Sprinklers, kiddie pools, and frozen treats are great ways to help your dog cool off.

Panting Personalities

Did you know some dog breeds, like Pugs and Bulldogs, have shorter snouts which can make them pant more heavily?

Keep Your Pup Cool!

Now that you understand why dogs pant, you can help them stay cool and comfortable during summer.