Dog behavior tells a lot of things. Panting is the most common dog behavior that you might see in certain conditions. Every dog, despite the size and breed pants, and as to other dog behavior, this may convey things your dog wants to let you know. Many dog owners notice that their pet tends to pant more when riding a car or other moving vehicles.
Dogs and your car conditions
As an important family member, dogs are often taken in car with their masters. While this is fun and interesting, there are some things a dog owner should pay attention to when taking their four-legged pet with. The most important reason why dogs should not be left in car is possible conditions in the car itself, which most of the time, cannot be seen with naked eyes.
Heat and humidity affect dogs in similar ways it affects us. Temperature in car, in fact, easily changes, affected mostly by the outside temperature and general weather. When the outside temperature is 70 degrees, temperature inside a car interior may reach 90 degree within 10 minutes and 104 degree within 30 minutes. Hence, it is definitely risky to have a pet left inside this heating unit, as this unpleasant condition and temperature may cause heat stroke that can be life-threatening.
Why dogs pant much in the car?
When taking your dog in a car, you might notice they pant excessively and in some cases, have teary eyes. Definitely do not ignore this condition as this can be dangerous and threaten your pet’s life. How dogs regulate their body temperature is different from how humans do. While we have pores on our skin to let excessive sweat out and hence, lower the body temperature, dogs need other methods in letting heat out from their body. Most dogs do this by panting and “sweating” through sweat gland on their paws.
As explained above, temperature of a car interior may increase drastically, affected mostly by temperature outside and heating up machine. When your car gets much hotter than temperature outside, dogs are experiencing heat stroke, in which their body temperature simultaneously increases. Because dogs have few sweat glands, they regulate body temperature by panting or breathing heavily. This way, they exhale heating-up temperature to get their body temperature back to normal. Although panting is normal in dogs, as they have limited sweat glands, panting excessively while in car may indicate discomfort and thus, requires attention. There are some things you can obviously do whenever taking your dog in car to minimize panting.
Traveling with pet in car comfortably
Despite the comfort your car may offer, your dog may require additional things and conditions when taken by car. Paying attention to those things may provide you comfortable journey with the pooch and hence, minimizes dog’s discomfort that may occur in excessive pants.
1. Crates are the best
In order to ensure the best travel experience for your dog, crates are in fact the best option. Make sure you chose right-sized and safety-certified crate for the dog. Durable material, especially for bigger dogs, is preferred. You also need to choose canine crates that provide good air circulation to make sure the furry friend can breathe easily. Good air circulation is essential in regulating dog’s body temperature, which prevent excessive pants.
2. Put dogs in rear seat
If you do not own any suitable dog crates for traveling in car, you can put your dog in rear seat. While front seat might seem tempting, you should avoid putting the dog in this seat, especially in cars with airbags. While these airbags ensure your safety, it can be harmful for dogs as well as for toddlers. Whichever seat the dog is seated, never let him ride a car with the head sticking out of an open window, as this may lead to unexpected eye injury. Excessive wind from an open window is also dangerous for your dog’s lungs. Therefore, it is best to keep the car and dog crate well-ventilated, rather than let your furry friend stick out their head of the open window.
3. Bring along water and a bowl
Dogs need adequate water supply while traveling. If you are bringing along dogs for longer trip, this necessity is obvious, although water supply is also essential for shorter one. Let the dog sip some water from the bowl whenever they are panting a lot. This will help re-regulate dog’s body temperature and thus, prevent them from getting heat stroke during the trip.
4. Stop frequently
When traveling with a dog, especially in long trips, it is crucial to stop several times for stretching, exercises, and potty breaks. This will not only let your dog get fresh air, but also reduce their potential vehicle anxiety.