Dog Health

Do Dogs Sweat?

It's a question many dog owners will ask, particularly as the weather warms up and in short, the answer is yes. But how, where and why is much more interesting than the simplicity of the answer to the question suggests.

While dogs pant to cool down and lower their body temperature as water evaporates, they do also sweat. Unlike humans, dogs only produce sweat on areas which aren't covered with fur, such as their nose and paw pads, which are their primary source of sweat glands.

Speaking with the Live Journal, Dr Carrier, a veterinary expert who has previously conducted research into hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, in Beagles, has gone one step further and suggested that the reason dogs have sweat glands in their paw pads could be life saving, and life changing.

The reason Dr Carrier thinks this might be the true purpose of the nose, in particular, is that for the purpose of cooling down, the nose's sweat glands really do not cool a dog down as much as panting does, and therefore there may be another reason why a dog sweats.

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Elaborating on this, Dr Carrier said that while the theory remained unproven, the basis of the theory is that a damp nose better attracts sent molecules to detect the presence of smell.

And it's because of this, researchers have been able to reliably train a dog to detect cancer, migraines, low blood sugar in diabetics, narcolepsy and more recently, dangerous infections like C.difficile, it is clear to see that a dog's nose has much greater uses than simply sweating.

Bonus: Why Do Dogs Pant?

It seems that even now we're still uncovering much more about man's best friend! Share your thoughts and theories below on what you think dogs can do that we don't yet know - we'd love to hear from you!



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