Dogs panting is not their equivalent to sweating.

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11 Jun 2024, 11:23 am

This a common misconception. People say that dogs don't sweat so they pant instead. Dogs actually do sweat like people do.



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11 Jun 2024, 11:25 am

True! Don't they sweat from their skin in areas that don't have fur? Not sure how accurate this is as I don't do much research on doggos ʅʕ•ᴥ•ʔʃ

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/healt ... ttle%20fur.


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11 Jun 2024, 12:16 pm

The article announces that dog DO sweat, but then goes on to say that for practical purposes they dont sweat.



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11 Jun 2024, 12:26 pm

I think they have some sweat glands in their paws, idk where else.

But yeah panting ain’t the same. It does help cool them down, but it isn’t sweating.


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11 Jun 2024, 12:28 pm

If we're talking about temperature regulation, which is why humans sweat, then panting is absolutely the equivalent to sweating. It's how they avoid overheating.

Dogs do sweat from their paw pads which contributes a tiny amount to temperature regulation but they aren't covered in sweat glands like humans are.

They have some glands in their armpits which produce something like sweat but that's nothing to do with temperature regulation.

So I think it's very accurate to say that dogs panting is the equivalent to human perspiration.


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11 Jun 2024, 12:31 pm

DuckHairback wrote:
If we're talking about temperature regulation, which is why humans sweat, then panting is absolutely the equivalent to sweating. It's how they avoid overheating.

Dogs do sweat from their paw pads which contributes a tiny amount to temperature regulation but they aren't covered in sweat glands like humans are.

They have some glands in their armpits which produce something like sweat but that's nothing to do with temperature regulation.

So I think it's very accurate to say that dogs panting is the equivalent to human perspiration.

Hearing that, i change my mind to “it is the equivalent”


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11 Jun 2024, 4:27 pm

Well the thing is that people commonly say that dogs pant instead of sweat. It is not that simple. They do sweat some, though cooling down for them is mainly done by panting.



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13 Jun 2024, 11:19 pm

people that have busted into locked cars on broiling hot days will tell you that dogs do sweat when they are in real physical distress from hyperthermia. that is the only time they will sweat.



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21 Jun 2024, 5:06 pm

When I was a kid I heard that a dog with a cold, wet nose is a sign that they're healthy, but later on I also heard that it wasn't true.

Although it could be a sign that your dog has been eating the ice cream in the freezer. :)