Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Panting after exercise is normal especially on a hot day. The panting usually stops after about 10 mins. or so, but if he's still panting after 30 mins. and does it often without too much exertion it may be a heart problem, as another poster suggested. If you're really concerned about cooling him down you could put down a towel that's been dipped in cold water, and well wrung out, and see if he will lie on it. You can also help the cooling by wetting his ears especially and around his face, as a lot of heat is dissipated from the ears. One thing you do need to observe and that is he is not getting "heat exhaustion" or heat stroke. That happened to my Zuba who has sparse coat and was lying in the hot sun.....then he started staggering about and falling over. At first I thought he might be having a heart attack, but having suffered heat exhaustion (first stage of heat stroke) once myself, thought that could be his problem so I took him to our basement and laid him on the cool cement floor and after about 10 mins. or so he got to his feet and was OK. Just something to keep in mind during hot weather, as even here our temps have been hot lately here in my town beside Lake Ontario.
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