Dogs Sweat: What Is It And Why Does My Dog Feel Sober?
It’s no secret that dogs are warm blooded animals and they have been known to shed some heat during exercise or even just being around other warm bodies. However, it seems like there is a common misconception that dogs don’t sweat at all! Well, that may not be true but it certainly isn’t because dogs don’t sweat.
The reason why your dog feels so cool in hot weather is due to the fact that they are actually keeping themselves from overheating by perspiring. They are doing this by panting (exhaling) which causes them to lose water and heat through evaporation. When dogs pant, they are actually exhaling carbon dioxide. Since they aren’t losing any water through urination, it means that they are conserving their body fluids and energy by using up those resources to keep themselves cool.
So what exactly happens when your dog sweats?
Well, it’s nothing good for them! Dogs sweat through their skin and this is the main cause of canine hypothermia (low body temperature). It can actually be the leading cause of death in canines and even cause a number of health problems.
It’s also important to note that not all dogs sweat in the same way. For instance, an arctic breed like a Siberian Husky won’t sweat as much as a short-haired shepherd. But there are actually other factors for this as well which we’ll discuss.
Why Is My Dog Sopping Wet?
This is a good question and one that may have many answers.
For example, we’ve already explained how dogs can sweat from their skin but why do they sometimes look drenched when others are just fine?
For starters, thick-coated dog breeds usually look like they’ve just gotten out of the shower. This means that they are losing a lot more water and, in turn, not as comfortable. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re going to collapse or anything unless their body temperature is already very low.
On the other hand, short-haired dogs don’t look as though they’ve been rolling around in a puddle. In fact, you may not even realize that they are sweating at all.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Dog days and siriasis: how to kill a football player (JP Knochel – Jama, 1975 – jamanetwork.com)
- Mechanisms for dissipating heat in man and dog (DB Dill, AV Bock, HT Edwards – American Journal of …, 1933 – journals.physiology.org)
- A brain-cooling system in mammals (MA Baker – Scientific American, 1979 – JSTOR)