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Why do dogs pant?

Panting for dogs is generally a normal behaviour.  Like us, they are likely to do it after vigorous exercise as a way of catching their breath and to cool down.  Some breeds of dogs are more prone to panting than others, like Boston terriers, bulldogs and pugs.

However, if there is excessive panting it may be a cause for concern and a sign that your dog is dangerously overheated and suffering from heatstroke, coping with a chronic health problem or has experienced a life-threatening trauma.

Dogs take between ten and thirty breaths a minute, depending on their size.  Get to know what your dog’s everyday breathing and panting looks like so you will more quickly notice any suspicious changes.

If your dog is panting excessively and it is not clear why, you should take them to the vet immediately.   They should be able to diagnose whether your dog just needs more exercise or needs to be put on a diet or is suffering from something more severe which may need medication.

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