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Why Does My Golden Retriever Pant So Much? Reasons & Solutions

Why Does My Golden Retriever Pant So Much? Reasons & Solutions
Golden Retriever Pant

Why Does My Golden Retriever Pant So Much? This is that one inevitable question that every Golden owner asked at least once. 

There is, actually, a very good reason behind the dog’s panting. Since dogs do not sweat like us humans, panting is their way to get rid of excessive heat and cool down. However, if your Golden Retriever pant abnormally, this could be a sign of a serious health issue.

It is important that you, as an owner, can recognize when a dog’s panting is normal, and when it’s an indicator of a health problem.

In this article, we will go through all the reasons your dog pant, as well as all the possible health problems excessive panting can indicate.

What Causes My Golden Retriever To Pant So Much?

As we already mentioned above, dogs pant to cool down. Golden Retrievers, in particular, pant more than others due to their thick coat that retains heat more efficiently.

These are the most common causes of panting in Golden Retrievers:

Panting due to heat

As we said, panting is a dog’s body mechanism to get rid of the excessive heat. Of course, as the weather is getting hotter and the temperature rises, your Golden Retriever will pant more to cool down.


Heavy panting after some time in the sun could be a sign of heatstroke. In this case, the best course of action is to take your Golden to the vet as soon as possible.

Heart problem

If your Golden pant constantly, even without previous physical activity, this could be a sign of underlying heart issues. If you suspect this is the case with your dog, you should visit your vet. 


Dogs, especially Golden Retrievers pant when they are happy and excited. Excitement causes their heart rate to increase, thus increasing the need for oxygen. Therefore, your Golden Retriever will pant more to supply that demand. You will notice this in situations like when you arrive home from work, or when you want to take your dog for a walk, etc.

Allergic reaction

Yes, your Golden Retriever could pant more due to the allergic reaction to something he ate, or some allergens from the environment. If panting is followed by vomiting or swelling, you should take your dog to the vet.


Panting during the exercise or shortly after is considered normal due to physical stress on your Golden’s body and also increased temperature.


Panting can also help Golden Retrievers to calm down. Some situations, like fireworks or thunderstorms, are particularly stressful for your pooch. This stress will increase their heart rate and body temperature, therefore your Golden Retriever will pant more to cool down and calm down.

Panting due to pain

Golden Retrievers are well known for hiding their pain from their owners. When you notice heavy and frequent panting of your Golden, particularly when it is resting, this could mean your dog is in pain. As in all the above cases, you should take your dog to the vet to pinpoint the exact cause of discomfort and solve it.


As is the case with humans, dogs too can suffer from the side effects of medications. Actually, there is a long list of medications that can cause excessive panting in Golden Retrievers. You should always ask your vet about the possible side effects of medications that he prescribes to your dog.

When Is Panting Considered Normal?

It’s perfectly normal for your Golden Retriever to pant during or after some physical activity, or when the weather is hot and temperatures are high. Panting is also normal when the dog is excited or happy.

When Is Panting Considered Abnormal?

If panting has started suddenly, for no apparent reason, that could be a sign of some health issues, like Cushing’s disease

If your Golden Retriever pant when you are about to leave the house, this is a sign of separation anxiety

Constant and intense panting is most certainly the cause for concern. This is a clear sign something is wrong with your Golden Retriever, and you should visit the vet as soon as possible.

What To Do If My Golden Retriever Pant Excessively?

There are a couple of things you can do to stop or decrease your dog’s panting:

  • Provide cold water
  • Take your dog to a shady spot
  • Give your Golden a cold bath
  • Check your Golden’s food or environment
  • Take your Golden Retriever to the veterinarian for a check-up


Panting is a completely normal part of Golden’s life, their way to cool down and relax. However, if your dog is panting intensively and constantly for no apparent reason, this could be a sign of a serious health issue. In that case, visit the vet, perform all the needed medical tests to find the exact cause.