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Panting in Dogs / Panting in Cats / Panting in Pets


Herbal remedies to help relieve of breathing difficulties and for symptoms of panting, wheezing, sneezing and other respiratory disorders in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins. 

The immune system is also directed at facilitating balanced, normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk. 

Dogs and cats pant when they are hot because they do not have as many sweat glands as we do. Our pets have only a few sweat glands on the pads of their feet. Instead of sweating freely as humans do, animals cool themselves by breathing and panting. It is normal that dogs and cats pant on a hot day or after strenuous activity such as playing. 

Brachycephalic breeds (dog and cat breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, Boston terriers, Persians, Himalayans, etc.) are prone to excessive panting because of their small nasal passages and short windpipes which need to work harder by panting heavily to reduce body heat. 

As a pet owner, you know your dog or cat’s behavior and if there is a change in panting in terms of frequency or intensity, you should take your pet to your veterinarian, especially if your pet continues to pant while resting, and for long periods after exercise or sun exposure. Heavy panting can mean something serious is wrong with the dog or cat. It can be due to heat stroke or overheating (heat exhaustion), or if your dog pants even while resting, it may mean that he has some underlying health problem, such as a heart problem.

Common causes of excessive panting:

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is perhaps one of the most common causes of heavy dog panting that can lead to devastating damage to the dog's physical health. If a dog is left in a parked car on a hot summer day, or has been out playing or running for a long time in the heat, he can easily get heat stroke. His body temperature can rise rapidly to over 104°F, when he will start panting heavily. If no action is being taken to cool him down, his body temperature can rise up to 107°F, when heat stroke occurs and brain damage (sometimes death) may occur rapidly as well.

Other common causes of heavy dog panting include:


too much excitement




congestive heart failure (CHF)


Cushing's disease


internal injuries

viral infection

Besides heavy panting, other signs of heat stroke include:

excessive drooling

deep red gums and tongue

nausea and/or vomiting


weakness and lethargy


Stress and Anxiety

Dogs and cats also tend to pant when they are anxious or under stress. You may find that your pet pants constantly a few days after being introduced into a new home or other environment. As your pet gets used to a new environment, the panting should go away.

If there are changes in your dog's or cat's environment (e.g. a new family member, a new home), your pet may pant more heavily than normal for the first few days. Try to calm your dog or cat and spend more time being confidence and comfort. Natural calming remedies can help. 

Dogs and cats may pant heavily when scared, such as during thunderstorms or fireworks. 


Dogs and cats may pants when in pain. You may observe other symptoms such as restlessness, constant licking or biting at one specific site, whimpering, reluctance to lie down, etc.

Cognitive Dysfunction

Panting is also associated with canine or feline cognitive dysfunction. If you have an older dog, and he suddenly starts panting more, watch for other symptoms accompanying CHF (Congestive Heart Failure); such as pacing and circling; walking into doors and furniture; a reduction in social interaction; "accidents" in the house; failure to recognize family members, etc.

If your dog or cat seems to be panting heavily due to anxiety, fear, excitement, or stress, try to distant your dog from source of the stimulation, if possible. Use natural remedies to calm your dog down.

Other suggestions:

Our pets are laboring under incredible toxic loads. 

Remove allergens from your pet’s environment if you suspect wheezing due to allergies (chemicals and detergents are usually to blame)

Use filtered, clean water

Avoid using odor-controlling sprays and litters

Use an air purifier or air filter to remove dust and dirt particles

Use dust free, scent free cat litter

Don’t smoke around your pets

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used for their beneficial effects on the respiratory system to help reduce respiratory disorder; may help relax smooth muscles and tissues, may help maintain clear, healthy chests, noses and throats; may help reduce panting, sneezing and wheezing; may help relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing and may help support immune health, may help reduce symptoms related to panting from anxiety, heat stroke and overheating.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, antibiotic, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongest, antimicrobial  and anti-Candidal, is used holistically to help promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by limiting excessive inflammation and histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; helps limit inflammatory pathways in the body; helps relieve wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; helps soothe smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite– (learn more) helps support hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, helps enable the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, may help support healthy energy levels and vitality, helps promote cognitive (brain) function and memory performance and contains critical trace nutrients and antioxidants which may be important preventatives for cognitive decline; may be especially useful for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals due to its amino acid and protein converting phytochemical content, may help regulate the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; may stimulate the hypothalamus and thyroid glands when underperforming; may help support overall systemic endocrine function, including its impact on the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems; for its support of cognitive (brain) function, particularly in degenerative conditions.


Conventional Remedies:

Some medications can cause panting as a side effect, such as corticosteroids (e.g. Prednisone), pain killers (e.g. Tramadol, Fentanyl), and excess thyroxine supplementation (thyroid medication for hypothyroidism).






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