Why Do Dogs Pant?

by Felesha Scott

Panting may indicate that your dog is happy and his body language will usually show this happy mood, especially a wagging tail. Panting also move hot, moisture-filled air in and out, increasing moisture evaporation in the mucous membranes of the nasal passages, mouth, and lungs. This cools the body from the inside out.

Your dog can’t sweat through his skin as you do so pants and sweats through his paw pads to cool down. Panting may mean that your dog is tired due to exhaustion from physical activity or hot so be sure to always have water to keep him hydrated.


Dog Panting and Shaking

Labrador Retrieve Panting

If your dog is panting and shaking at the same time, this may indicate that he is severely stressed, especially with a change in his routine or his environment. Ensure that you reassure your dog that he is in a safe environment, be patient and give him time to adjust if necessary.

If you suspect that your dog is doing this non-stop for days on, call your veterinarian and ask if you should bring your dog in or should you keep monitoring the situation.


Dog Panting at Night?

If your dog is panting at night it may be because of the temperature in your home, make sure that your house is not too hot. Try keeping a low-stress environment to prevent your dog from being anxious, like having a quiet and low lighting home.



Why Do Dogs Howl?

Shih tzu Dog Howling

Dogs howl when they are stimulated by high pitched sounds like sirens and loud music, or to respond to other dogs’ howling. When they howl they are trying to communicate with other dogs, acknowledge that they hear them howling and wants to join in on the action.

Dogs express joy by howling. Every time your dog howls don’t mean that he is sad, despite how it may sound to your ears. Your dog may tilt her noses up and howl when she sees her best pal while at her favorite dog park, or to announce your arrival or a friend that she really likes.

Though it may sound eerie at first. It is normal for a dog to howl in the middle of the night while being sound asleep, the same way some of us talk during our sleep. Dogs can also be emotionally manipulative so your dog may be seeking attention.



Dog Reverse Sneezing?

Dog Sneezing in a Field

Reverse sneezing is a condition where your dog or cat extend their neck and starts making gasping noises that sounds like the pet is on its last legs. Your dog may even snort or make honking noises all while acting like he can’t catch his breath.

Reverse sneezing is caused by a contraction of your dog’s throat and soft palate that is triggered by an irritant, pollen, excitement, fragrances, tight collar. Dogs sneeze because of irritation in their nose caused by allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust mites. This is your dog body’s way of trying to stop the irritation, permanently removing it from his nostrils.

Your dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than yours but the way dogs sneeze is not different from the way you do. Even your dog sneezing when playing is nothing to be concerned about. This is normal, especially if your dog is outside.



How To Treat Your Dog’s Sneezing?

Reverse sneezing is very common in dogs,  but less in cats. When your dog reverse sneeze, he typically stands, extends his head and neck, pulls back his lips, and inhale repeatedly and forcefully through his nose. A loud sound is heard each time he inhales. Generally, a dog will reverse sneeze a few times in a row, and the whole thing will be over within the next 10 to 15 seconds or so.

It rarely requires treatment. As soon as your dog stops sneezing, the spasm is over. Massage your dog’s throat to prevent the spasm if the episode continues beyond a few seconds. Rubbing your dog’s throat helps to calm him down, slow down his breathing, relaxes him and eventually stop his snorting.

Covering your dog’s nostrils for a quick moment, makes the dog swallow and is useful to help clear his irritation as well.



Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?

Puppy Bangkaew Dog Sleeping

Dogs need more sleep as they age because their health and energy level deteriorate. This is a reason why some old dogs sleep so much. They need to rest their joints and muscles. It’s ok for them to sleep 14-20 hours per day.

If your dog is super active, still plays with you every day and gives you the same response when you stimulate him then he is likely doing great. Don’t be concerned if your dog spends a lot of time sleeping. It’s vital that your dog gets his rest.

Our sleep cycle from SWS to REM is long and drawn out. This cycle happens more quickly for dogs and depends on the breed. Some dogs enter REM sleep in under 20 minutes. When your dog enters REM sleep, his eyes will start to twitch involuntarily.



Dog Sleeping on Wool Fabric

Dogs and cats wake up very quickly and need more sleep than humans to complete their full sleep cycles. Some dogs may whimper or give off a low woof when they are at this stage of their sleep cycle, and that’s because the part of their brain which dampens muscular activity in sleep is less well-developed.

Is your dog sleeping about the same amount of hours he is used to or longer? Has anything changed with his sleeping patterns? If you notice a significant change all of a sudden. Like your dog who didn’t sleep as much suddenly sleeps all day speak to your veterinarian to know for sure if everything is ok with your pup.

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