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Why does my dog pant in the car?

asked 2017-02-23 14:18:56 -0500

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answered 2017-02-23 14:26:39 -0500

Like the first answer, its because they could be too hot and that's how they sweat. But it could also be from having a bit of anxiety in the car. Many dogs get car sick (mine does - but she just drools like crazy). Make sure the dog is getting fresh air and that it is not too hot in the car.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:22:58 -0500

This depends on the breed, some dogs like boxers or bulldogs have poor breathing in general. for the more common dogs, it's their body shape. 4 legged animals lungs act more like an accordion, when they are sitting the lungs are more compressed than if they were laying on a floor and they end up panting a bit to compensate for the restricted lung use. Humans are upright so our lungs do not compress this way.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:24:37 -0500

Dogs pant because they don't have sweat glands, if your dog us not hot they also will pant when nervous/anxious. So he could just be scared (maybe you're going to the vet?) Or excited (maybe the park)

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