Dog Panting and Shaking Excess
Dogs do not have sweat glands like humans, thus, panting is a way for dogs to cool down especially when they are overheated. Another important reason why the dogs are panting is that it helps oxygenate their blood. Some breeds on the other hand are prone to excessive panting due to their body structure and thick layers of hair causing their body to heat up.
Excessive panting on the other hand could be caused by:
- Heat Stroke. Dogs sweat through their paws and eliminate heat. When in an overheated environment, dogs may instinctively cool down. This may be accompanied by excessive salivation and in severe cases seizure or sudden collapse.
- Heart Condition/Illnesses which the dog’s heart is enlarged and is pressing on the lungs making it difficult for the canine to breathe.
- Infections such as viral, fungal, or bacterial which causes fever.
- Poisoning can cause panting when the dog comes in contact with toxins through food or exposure.
- Hypoglycemia or a condition where the levels of sugar in the blood is low.
- Severe pain or internal injuries that might or is causing hemorrhage.
- Fear, stress or shock commonly caused by excessively loud noise.
- Loss of balance can also trigger the condition.
- Excessive panting can also be a symptom of Addison’s disease.
Dog Panting and Shaking Symptoms
The symptoms include but are not limited to shivering and uncontrolled movement of the dog’s body which may suddenly appear and repeat either continuously or from time to time throughout the day or for many days, twitching of the eyes accompanied by change on the pet’s mood and activities, loss of training, aggression, lethargy, restlessness, and excessive barking.
Dog Panting and Shaking What to Do
- Giving the dog a bath or sponge with cool water can be done by the owner.
- Giving the canine plenty of water to drink may help ease the panting and shaking especially after an outdoor activity.
- If the weather is cold, moving or settling the pet into a warmer place may also help.
- Immediately remove the cause of the dog’s stress or fear by soothing or reassuring him of safety. Transfer the dog to a quiet place where he can rest and relax.
- In cases where panting and shaking is accompanied by other symptoms such as drooping eyes, and low physical activity levels, it is necessary to go to the vet for accurate diagnosis.