You will notice that your dog does not sweat like you do when it is hot. So, how does he regulate his body temperature? How do dogs sweat if it is not through the skin? Do you want to reveal the mystery? 

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Is it true that dogs do not sweat?

If the dogs sweat, it is clear that they would end up with wet hair as we do to people after intense exercise or exposure to high temperatures. It is also evident that no dog drips sweat hair, so many people believe that dogs simply do not sweat.

Actually, the explanation for how dogs sweat is quite more complex.

What happens is that dogs do not have sweat glands scattered all over their bodies like people.

If the dogs were covered with a human-like sweat gland arrangement, sweat would spread throughout the coat, wetting and cooling the dog very little. Sweat would lose all its effectiveness as a thermoregulation method.

For this reason, dogs have a cooling system different from ours. They do sweat, but they do so to a lesser extent, through very localized areas of their body, and in a different way.

How do dogs sweat if it is not through the skin?

Dogs remove excess heat essentially by panting. But it is a much less efficient mechanism than sweating. That is why they are much more exposed than us to suffer a heat stroke.

To avoid discomfort, and especially to avoid the dreaded heat stroke, it is best to take some precautions and not go for a walk or exercise with our dogs during the hottest hours and, of course, never leave them locked in the car in summer.

In addition to panting, dogs sweat through the skin of their paw pads, and of the truffle. Below we will explain how each of these sweating routes works.

The places where dogs sweat are: the pads of the legs, the skin of the truffle or nose and mouth (through panting).

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2 Replies to “Do dogs sweat?”

  1. My german sheperd is 3 years old. He is really wet under is mouth which is not normal. Im trying to figure out why. Any suggestions?

    1. Unfortunately, cannot help with that, I believe your vet will be the best option. Hope is nothing serious.

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