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Puppy Excessive Panting After Exercise? Heart Issues?

Hey all, its me again. Just have some questions regarding Puppy Play. My 8 Month puppy seems to pant excessively after exercise/walks. For an example a 20-30 minute walk would have him panting for maybe 45 min to a hour afterwards. A 10-15 minute game of fetch also same results. I'm starting to think that this is not normal. Even though he's panting and lies down to rest, he's always ready to get back up afterwards. Usually he doesn't lie down for a long time, he'll still walk around follow me around but still be panting. For example if someone walks by our house he still gets up and runs to the gate and starts barking. Sometimes he'll be walking around normally panting like this after exercise as well. At first I thought it was maybe because it's pretty hot/humid here (Hawaii), but today was kind of windy with clouds (Looks like its about to rain). Still exhibited that panting after maybe 15 minutes of ball and crazy running.

Panting doesn't seem to be heavily labored, more of quick pants like a stream train. But obviously I'm not an expert on dog panting.

When it comes to Odin I get super paranoid about losing him. I'm starting to get that dreaded sinking feeling in my gut. Would this be early signs of Heart Issues?

Can a dog that's not overweight be out of shape?

It's been 30 minutes since play and I just checked the online weather forecast for my town. It shows Temperature currently around 85 Degrees Fahrenheit, but feels like 91 degrees. Shoot this seems really hot, but when we were playing it seemed really cool / windy. There was constant cool wind and I sweat real easily (hyperhidrosis) and was fine.

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That temp seems very warm to me....my dogs would not do well in that heat. Certainly signs of heart issues can be things like panting, but it could also be that you're exercising your dog in temps that are just too hot for him. Around here, my dogs don't really enjoy any kind of heavy activity in temps much over 80 degrees with high humidity, and we try to wait until after dark or do things that are more "brain games" instead of heavy physical activity. They are pretty fit. Keep in mind that Dobermans are a single coated breed, so they have no insulating undercoat. Dogs also have very little ability to cool themselves - they pant, and they can only sweat through their feet, so it's pretty easy for dogs to overheat.
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I agree with Meadowcat--dogs as a species aren't really made for hot weather (above 80), and dobes seem to be even less heat tolerant that a lot of other breeds.

Wind makes you feel cooler, because it evaporates the sweat from your skin, which cools you down. Dogs don't sweat through their skin. And the extra layer of fuzzy undercoat actually helps protect their skin from the sun. Dobes have no undercoat--feel yours when he's been out in the sun and think...the temperature of the outside of his coat is the temperature that is up against his skin. My black dogs got almost hot to touch in bright sunlight.

Another point--which I do not think is going on in your case, but just as info for others who may be worrying about their particular dog panting too much--panting more than you would expect can also be a sign of anxiety or pain.

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We are in Florida so heat exhaustion is an issue here also.....we keep several kiddi pools around filled with water for Hoss to splash in to regulate temp during outside play. Throw toys into the water to encourage pool entry......hell sometimes I put my feet in the water......feels good....!!! LOL

When I bring Hoss inside if he seems real heavy on panting after 10 minutes or so I get him to lay on his side and I place a wet dish towel onto his stomach (use cool tap water, not ice water) and lay with him for a few minutes to allow him to cool down. Kinda mimicking what a cool floor does for the dogs belly.

Another thought was if your pup is on any medications....?


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