How do dogs sweat?

Of course, so much activity has to dissipate through the sweat, the heat accumulated in the canine organism. But dogs do not have sweat glands in their epidermis, and they do not sweat in the same way as humans and other animals (like horses, for example).

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To clarify your doubts, in this article of YourCatCareguide we will explain to you all about this issue of dogs’ sweat and how they do it.

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Paw pads

The main form of sweating that dogs have is through the pads of their paws . The dogs almost lack sweat glands in the dermis of their body. So they do not sweat almost anything out there. However, it is on the cushions of your feet that these glands accumulate. For this reason, on a very hot day or after a great effort, it is normal for the dog to seek to wet the legs.


The tongue is also an organ through which the dog can dissipate its internal heat , which is the function of sweat in the human body (in addition to secreting bodily toxins). The canine tongue itself does not sweat like your cushions, but it evaporates water and refreshes the dog’s body.


The wheezing of the dog when it is hot, or after an exercise that increases its body temperature, sends an abundant flow to the dog’s tongue, and the salivary glands produce abundant moisture through which the dog cools when drooling with its tongue out of the mouth. mouth.

It is the combination of panting and language that forms a part of the canine thermoregulatory system. Canine body temperature is between 38º and 39º.

Do not forget that panting is very important for dogs, so if you have a potentially dangerous dog that has to use muzzle remember to use the basket type, which is indicated in our article on the best muzzles for dogs .

Thermoregulatory efficiency

sistema termorregulador canino é menos eficiente que o humano e mais complexo. O fato de terem o corpo todo coberto de pelo explica a pouca quantidade de glândulas sudoríparas no tronco do cão. Se tiverem o corpo coberto com uma disposição de glândulas sudoríparas similar à humana, o suor irá se expandir por todo o pelo molhando-o e arrefecendo muito pouco o cão. É o fenômeno que acontece a nós humanos que não somos carecas e que, ao suar o cabelo fica molhado com suor e não nos sentimos bem com a cabeça molhada e quente.

The dog’s face and ears also help with cooling the dog, especially the brain. As they notice a rise in temperature, they receive the brain’s order that their facial veins will dilate and expand to better irrigate the ears, face and head to lower the excessive temperature.

Large dogs cool worse than small dogs. Sometimes you are not able to expel all the heat that your body generates. However, small dogs will withstand worse the ambient heat.

Read our tips to relieve the heat of the dog !


There are some dog breeds that do not have hair on their body. These types of dogs sweat since they have sweat glands in their body. One of these breeds without hair is the Mexican Peeled Dog. This breed comes from Mexico, as its name indicates, and it is a very pure and ancient breed.

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