Do Canberra Dogs Sweat?
24/11/2015 6:06 PM
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It might seem like an obvious question at first, but the more you think about it, the more confusing it can seem. After all, dogs certainly don’t need to towel off after a run or a hot day in the sun like we do! So does a dog sweat?
Dogs can indeed sweat, but there is one big difference between the way that they do it and the way that humans sweat. Humans release most of their body’s excess heat through their skin through sweat glands located all over their body. Dogs, however, have only a few of these glands located primarily around the paw pads. (This is why you might have seen a trail of wet paw prints after a hot day.)
Dogs prevent overheating and release excess heat by panting and dilating the blood vessels in the thin skin of the face and ears. So yes, dogs sweat…but they do much more than that too. And when they do, it’s so important to make sure that they have enough water and do not get dehydrated. A dehydrated dog is at much higher risk of serious injury, especially when they are hot. A thirsty dog is serious business and your dog should have access to fresh water at all times.