Top 3 Reasons Why Your Dog is Panting and Whining

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Has your dog been acting restless lately? Is he whining and panting more often than usual? Here are the most common reasons to explain this concerning behavior.

1. Your dog is sick or injured

Your dog could be in distress. Panting and whining are ways for dogs to vocalize the pain and discomfort from potential sickness and injuries. A visit to the vet is strongly recommended if your dog isn’t acting like his usual self. This could be a common reason if the panting and whining came out from nowhere.

For older dogs, the development of cognitive diseases such as canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (akin to Alzheimer’s) may also increase the frequency of panting and whining. Elderly dogs with cognitive impairments may suddenly forget where they are and start to pant as a response to the stressful situation.

2. Your dog is scared or anxious

Panting can also occur when a dog is in a stressed or anxious state. When stressed dogs pant, the tip of their tongues is often in a curled position as opposed to a relaxed one. This accompanied with the whining may indicate the dog is scared of something. Context is important. You may notice a certain pattern whenever the dog pants and whines. For example, the dog may only start to vocalize when they find themselves in an unfamiliar environment or if there are strangers in the vicinity.

3. Female dogs in heat

Panting and whining is common among female dogs that go through the heat cycle. It’s not a comfortable experience for them. In some cases, whining also serves as a “mating call” to potential male suitors. Female dogs in heat may exhibit other behaviors such as humping and roaming around more than usual.


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