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Bear, my 6 month old, GS has panted all of the time since I got him at 7 weeks old. I've had the vet check him & he says no fever, hes healthy. But it still bothers me. Hes 50 lbs so hes not overweight. He gets good exercise, dog park 1-2 hrs every morn & walk in evenings with backyard whenever he wants. I'm in Oklahoma so we have got summers but I keep temp at 72-73°. Recently temps have gone to 70-80°. These are day time temps. I also keep ceiling fans running. I don't work so he is rarely left alone. & when he has been left alone it's been for max of 2 hrs. Thanks in advance for your help. [1st time posting]
 

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Well, I don’t know. Scarlet has always been a panter, but has recently grown out of it. She just turned 2. (I’m also in Oklahoma, and pretty happy about cooler weather coming, lol)
 

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It might be related, but Scarlet is also noisy as can be. A bit of a screamer. I just chalk up the panting and the noise as leaking drive.
 

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My rescue, Heidi, 2 yr. old, pants a lot also. It's still 88-90 here daily and she still wants to go out and tear around but

then comes in and pants and pants and pants. I'll be so glad when cooler weather comes. Soon, I hope.
 

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Has your vet checked his heart? Could be a congenital defect. Poor circulation makes it harder for the dog to cool itself.
 

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My pup panted and breathed heaving a lot. I work for a veterinary specialist and one (an internal medicine doctor) even commented on it. I was freaked out (and I have raised a lot of GSD), I contacted my breeder lhctzh and she was like , " his hearts been checked he is fine". I asked everyone, I obsessed. I listened to his heart, I had my cardiologist listen to his heart.

I said something to the iMED doc, and she was like "oh dear Lord, he is fine, he is a puppy, the pant and breathe hard, it's normal, as long as he has no exercise intolerance and no murmur, sorry I scared you"

So yes, pups pant, pups breathe hard. Their heart rate is faster than adults, their respiratory rate is faster. As long as they are active and happy, don't worry.
 
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I had the same concern with Griff at that age. My vet told me that their cardio/respiratory system can't keep up with their fast growing bodies. Griff has outgrown this at 10 months of age.
 

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Also in Oklahoma...I think it is probably OK and personality/temperament based.

General pants ALL the time. And I mean ALL the time. He has regular check ups because he was a rescue and we were a little obsessed with his health when we first got him. I could also agree with dogfaeris as General uses his panting to communicate with us. Lots of huffs and puffs and little quiet barks.

Arrow, on the other hand, only pants when she has been "exercising".
 
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