My 7 mos old Boston will pant a lot when she is outside in the sun. She is not running or doing anything so I am unsure if it's normal. I know they are sensitive to temperture but this seemed odd. Anyone with a Boston out there experience this?
Dogs pant to regulate body temperature, as dogs have fewer sweat glands than humans, and most of their sweat glands are located along the base of their feet. By panting, a dog can cool the mouth and tongue, along with blood which is circulated through the head, keeping body temperature at a safe and normal level. Although dogs pant to control escalating temperature, they cannot protect themselves against extreme heat, and pet owners should carefully monitor their animals during warm weather to prevent heatstroke. When dogs pant heavily during hot weather, it may be a sign of distress. Source - Why Do Dogs Pant? http://www.wisegeek.com/why-do-dogs-pant.htm#il
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Your Boston is a snub-nosed breed. They get over heated very quickly, be very careful with him in the hight heat and humidity. They are very prone to heat stroke. Allow him to pleny of water and AC in the hot weather. The are not a dog that should be outside for long periods of time.