Panting is a normal function for dogs. It's how a dog cools down and settles his breathing after exercise or being outside in the heat. Dogs also sometimes pant when they are nervous.
What could make your dog anxious?
- Loud noises, such as fireworks or loud appliances
- Fear of travel or riding in the car
What can you do to help?
- If you see your dog panting, it's important to appear calm, as your dog will become more stressed if he sees that you're nervous.
- Offer your dog some water. If he's overheated, this will help him cool down.
- Let your dog relax, and don't throw toys or make him exercise until he's had a chance to rest.
- Wrap your dog in a Comfort Zone Calming Vest to help reduce stress behavior. The vest provides constant, gentle pressure that creates a swaddling-like effect that helps reduce stress.
- Keep an eye out for other symptoms in addition to the panting such as labored breathing, inability to stand, or an inability to eat. Call your vet or take him to a 24-hour clinic if multiple symptoms present themselves.