My Dog is Panting Heavily
Dogs tend to pant a great deal. Because they don't sweat the way humans do, panting is their way of cooling down when they are overheated, in a particularly warm climate, after exerting themselves. This is not, however, the only reason why dogs pant.
Panting is also an important way for dogs to oxygenate their blood. Their bodies, like ours, have many complex feedback mechanisms, and a significant number of them result in an increase in respiratory rate (what we call panting). In other words, your dog's panting may be a normal response to an unusual and possibly abnormal condition. Assuming that the panting you're noticing is excessive, the first thing to do is try to explain it.
What to Look For
This is a simple one. Think for a moment about your dog's environment and what she's been doing lately.
What to Do
Next, ask yourself the following questions:
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