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Why is my dog panting for no reason?

asked 2017-04-22 15:07:37 -0500

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answered 2017-04-25 17:46:35 -0500

It is generally a means to regulate body temperature -- cool off. Otherwise, as Suzanne alluded, panting fast and excessively can also mean anxiety or stress. This is where you need to take a step back and know your dog. Separation anxiety, aggression, excitement, etc. In either case, your dog is not in a state of control and it's best to figure out how to avoid or correct the behavior.

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answered 2017-04-24 23:25:25 -0500

Dogs pant not only when they are hot but also when they are anxious. Panting can also be a sign of pain or discomfort. You can usually tell if your dog is anxious by looking at the rest of her body postures and behaviors . Are her ears back? Tail down? Is she 'slinking' around or hiding? All of those behaviors and postures can also be seen when an animal is in pain or having some discomfort. So I would have her checked by your veterinarian. Also think about what she might be afraid of or what is making her anxious.

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answered 2017-04-24 22:54:46 -0500

When a dog pants, its a way for them to cool off. Its a ventilation process for them like how we have sweat glands. If the panting is worrisome then I would make an appointment with your vet.

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