Excessive panting at night isn’t always an emergency but it’s definitely a cause for concern. This can help you understand a little more about the health of your Cockapoo and their panting could be an underlying sign of something more serious.
Why Do Dogs Pant?
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First, let’s understand why dogs pant in the first place. Dogs have a higher body temperature than we do; it sits around 102 degrees Fahrenheit. This fact means they overheat faster than us which can lead to even gentle exercises forcing them to overheat.
Dogs pant to catch their breath and relax; this is normal. Sometimes dogs can even pant as a result of emotion such as anxiety, pain, or discomfort. If you think your Cockapoo is suffering from anxiety than researching pet care tips on sites like cockapoohq.com or wholepet.health can be helpful. Odds are that you’re not the first cockapoo owner to encounter this problems.
Normal vs. Excessive Panting
If your dog is waking up in the middle of the night panting when they’ve been laying down, it could be because they’re warm or perhaps upset about something.
You’ll want to compare this panting to how they pant following exercise. Does it appear that they’re panting more at night when lying down than they do after running around outside?
If so, you may want to take them to the vet.
Risks Associated with Excessive Panting at Night
Once you’ve determined that your dog’s panting is excessive, you want to get professional help. Some of the issues that could be leading to this behaviour are:
- Liver or heart disease
- Laryngeal paralysis
Some medications can also cause excessive panting and overheating so you’ll want to factor that in as well. The main thing to keep in mind is that you want to compare this behaviour to how your dog is on a normal basis. Some dogs pant more than others but a careful trip to the veterinarian is never a bad choice even if you’re not sure if something is wrong.
How Age Impacts Panting
You may wake up one time in the middle of the night and notice your dog is panting more than usual. While age doesn’t have a direct correlation with panting, it can still impact it. Dogs develop joint issues like arthritis as they get older and when your dog is lying in one place for an extended period of time, the pain can worsen.
Since you’ve noticed them panting more at night, it could be a result of age-related pain. Regardless, you would still like to help them manage this pain even though it isn’t a life threatening issue. Veterinarian-prescribed anti-inflammatory medications or CBD can help.
In most cases, excessive panting isn’t anything too serious. If you do notice loss of consciousness, vomiting, and extreme drooling you do want to take your Cockapoo to the vet immediately because these are signs of accidental poisoning.
No matter what the issue, if you feel that your pup panting is excessive, you’ll want to consult with your vet and get them checked out. Solving this issue will allow your Cockapoo to get back to normal and provide you with peace of mind.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.
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