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Why Do Dogs Pant?

Is it only when they are hot. Milo has not really been panting but sitting around with his mouth open and tongue out. He has his mouth open when we are doing tricks and when he runs to me he has his mouth open. My husband mentioned it last night and I told him I think Milo is happy and he said dogs don't pant when they are happy they pant when they are hot. But he wasn't REALLY panting...just hanging his tongue out?
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That's how dogs control their body temperature. Dogs have way fewer sweat glands than people and most of them are along the pads of their paws.
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Does that mean my dog is really hot? It is practically winter here! huh, I wonder what to do about this.
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they can also pant if they are excited, anxious or uncomfortable. Jasper pants if has to pee and he is holding it but once we take him out he is fine. But if it is new and he is panting when he is just sitting there...I would consider taking him to a vet as it could also indicate something medical.




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It isn't really a pant though. Hubby says it is but he is really just hanging his tongue out. Like in your pic missy. He is just kind of opening his mouth and continuing to breathe normally. What's that all about?
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From what you also posted about it in your thread, it sounds to me like you may be right, that he's smiling. You can see lots of pictures of happy neezers on here with a smile, which shows as having their mouths open just a bit. Go through the photos you can find and you'll probably see a lot, and can compare the look.

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Like this one of Tucker. Although he's excited, too, he's REALLY happy. (He was running through the sagebrush of Idaho without a leash on, thought he was in heaven!)

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My goodness Tucker is a handsome boy! I really do think it is a happy thing. Milo is not usually happy so this is all so new!
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I LOVE Cicero!!! We really missed you guys at the playdate Dale.

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Oh my goodness....Cicero and Tucker are gorgeous !!!

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