• Question: Why a dog sticks out its tongue breathing rapidly across it when it is hot?

    Asked by Wilberforce to Ivy, George, Daniel, Christina, Cheryl on 16 Jan 2017.
    • Photo: George Mochamah

      George Mochamah answered on 16 Jan 2017:

      very simple. dogs actually do not sweat like you and me because they have relatively fewer sweat glands. Instead, they pant i.e they stick their tongue out, to expel hot air and take in cool air. This acts as a thermostat or simply a cooling chamber!

    • Photo: Cheryl Andisi

      Cheryl Andisi answered on 16 Jan 2017:

      I like @George Mochamah’s response.
      I don’t think I could have a better reply to your question. Do you know that unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet? Dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort.