Why Is My Dog Panting And Restless? The Answer Will Shock You

There are some symptoms that you should pay close attention to in your dog. Ignoring them could lead to even bigger problems since some of them could be an indicator of an underlying serious problem. For instance, if you notice that your dog is panting and showing signs of restlessness then that is enough reason to cause alarm.

As a good parent to your canine friend, the first question would be, “Why is my dog panting and restless?” You should then go ahead and carry some initial diagnosis on your own and if things seem to get out of hand, you need the helping hands of an expert. However, you need to know how to distinguish between normal panting and abnormal panting.

Differentiating Between Normal and Abnormal Panting

There are times when your dog can have abnormal panting. At this point, you may perhaps be wondering how you can differentiate between normal and abnormal panting. Here are some ways you can use to detect abnormal panting:

  • As your dog pants, it exerts more effort compared to when it has normal panting.
  • Abnormal panting is far much louder and excessive compared to normal panting.
  • Abnormal panting occurs when your dog should not be panting, for instance, it happens when it is extremely cold which means that your dog does not need to cool its body temperature.

Reasons Why Your Dog is Panting Excessively


Panting in dogs is normal as it is one of the mechanisms they use to regulate their body temperature. That is the case only for normal dogs. However, there are also some causes of abnormal panting. The most probable ones are:

  • Pain

If your dog is in pain, the chances are that it will express the pain by panting excessively. So, when you know that your dog is dealing with a painful condition and starts panting during abnormal times, you need to seek help from your veterinarian since your canine friend is really hurting. 

Other symptoms that can help you to know that pain is the reason why your dog is panting extremely are showing signs of restlessness; you will also notice that it is whimpering to an irritating extent, shows reluctance in sleeping in their dog beds and constantly bite or licks on a specific part of their bodies.

  • Anemic condition

Anemia is caused by a decrease in the amount of total red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood. This lowers the ability of the blood to carry oxygen evenly to the body tissues leading to oxygen starvation. Due to this, the dog pants in a bid to get more oxygen into its body.

For you to conclude that it is anemia, you will have to notice other symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, an increased heartbeat rate, loss of appetite, pale tongue and gums, rapid breathing, intolerance to exercise and mucous membranes which are rather pale in the dog’s mouth.

  • Stress, fear and anxiety

There are dog’s which often experience behavioral panting. It is caused by stress, anxiety or phobias. Short term reactions to these discomforts are very normal, but when it gets to chronic or prolonged extents, it is dangerous. It can lead to emotional as well as physical disorders that will adversely affect your dog’s health to the extent of reducing its lifespan.

  • Cardiac disorders and lung diseases

Heart disorders affect the ability of the heart to pump blood to all body parts. This leads to an oxygen deficiency in the body tissues. To remedy this anomaly, the dog’s respiration rate will certainly increase in a bid to compensate for the oxygen deficiency. This will cause your dog to pant.

As the heart’s capability of pumping blood declines, there will be an increase in the blood pressure. This will cause fluid accumulation within the lungs causing them to fail to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream into the body tissues. This will cause your dog to breathe at a faster rate and with increased force thus the panting.

  • Obesity

It is always advisable to ensure that your dog gets the right amount of food. This is so that it doesn’t get starved, the food should also not be too much that the dog becomes overfed. With all that eating, your canine companion does not have to lie down there all day.

Make sure that it gets enough exercise to keep it from getting obese. Obesity causes your dog to pant abnormally since its weight could be crushing it down thus making breathing to be rather difficult. If your dog is already at this point, help it to lose some weight.

  • Brain tumor

The thought that this could be the reason why your dog is panting and showing signs of restlessness is terrifying enough. If your dog has a tumor in its brain or if it has a tumor that is pressing on a section of your canine friend’s brain, that is likely to cause your dog to behave in a certain way which is inclusive of excessive panting and too much pacing.

There is no sure way in which the brain tumor symptoms can appear in your dog. They can appear gradually or suddenly. You also cannot be sure if they will get severe with time or if they will diminish.

  • Cushing’s disease

Cushing’s disease comes in about three forms which are all chronic. They gradually progress instead of diminishing. Pacing, wandering aimlessly and panting are some of the symptoms associated with the condition. The best thing is that you can get medication that will remedy the situation by minimizing its effects.

  • Disease of the liver

In case your canine hairy friend suffers from a disorder of the liver, there are high chances that it will suffer from some abnormal neurological symptoms such as restlessness, head pressing, pacing and some other noticeable behavior changes. Some causes of liver abnormalities are such as certain parasites and hepatitis.

Wrapping up

I hope that after reading the article, you now have the answer to the question, “Why is my dog panting and restless?” In case you notice that the pacing and panting are abnormal, it is only right that you seek help from a qualified veterinarian.

Leave any comment on the article and be kind enough to share it with other dog owners. You will have helped most of them a great deal. If you have a question, feel free to ask, and I will answer as soon as I can. 

Rosie Tran

I’m Rosie and I love pets, especially dogs. I have a dog, her name is Lola. I also love reading, writing and living joyfully with my rescue dog. I want to learn everything I can to become a better “dog-mom” to Lola and share my knowledge of dog with all who have the same passion as mine.

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