Has your dog started to pant more than it seems he should? This is a relatively common concern for dog owners. In many cases, increased panting is not a sign of a serious, underlying health condition. It may simply be related to an increase in environmental temperatures, a thicker coat (as often occurs in the winter), or the aging process. But, if your dog’s panting is extreme or it is accompanied by other symptoms (anxiety, lethargy, coughing, difficulty breathing, a change in voice, harsh respiratory noises, increased thirst and urination, poor coat quality, or skin problems), make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Canine medical conditions that are commonly associated with an increase in panting include:
- canine cognitive dysfunction and other disorders that cause canine anxiety
- heart disease
- disorders of the lung
- laryngeal paralysis
- Cushing’s disease
- treatment with corticosteroids
In most cases, effective treatment of the underlying problem will lead to resolution of a dog’s symptoms, including excessive panting.