today i learned – tues 5th mar 2019

i’m currently surrounded by dogs … so this feels relevant 😏

#tdil the reason why panting helps dogs to cool down when it’s mad hot 🐶

now, it’s fairly common knowledge that dogs pant when they’re warm in order to help them regulate temperature – after all, it must be really really hot on a 30degree day like today when you’re covered in fur 😅.

but have you ever wondered why panting actually helps? i have … and that’s why today’s post exists 😂.

the first thing that i’ve learned whilst researching this is that dogs can actually sweat?! i literally didn’t know that. as you’d probably expect, all that fur means that they can’t actually sweat through the majority of their body but they can sweat through the bottom of their paws and through their nose 🙂.

now, as you can probably understand, just sweating through those five tiny areas really isn’t enough to help regulate their body temperature … as such, dogs rely on their respiratory system.

initially breathing in through their nose, the air is cooled as it goes to the lungs. as things get hotter, dogs start to pant in order to take air in through the mouth. this causes the saliva to evaporate; cooling the blood in the veins, the capillaries of the tongue and subsequently the circulatory system 😬.

basically, the blood flowing around the mouth is cooled and is then fed to the rest of the body to cool everything else down 🔥 – including their overall core temperature.

in a bit 💁🏼 #tdil

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