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Unread 07-16-2009, 08:19 AM   #1
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I have a 7 year old Golden Retriever and whenever I take her for a car journey she spends the whole time panting quite strongly.

I don,t think it is anything to do with hot weather, as when we are going on a long journey we try to start out early while it is still cool.

She is not afraid of getting in the car.

Is this something I should be concerned about as I find myself getting quite distressed about it thinking that she is suffering or distressed in some way.

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Unread 07-16-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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I would say she is just either excited about the ride or getting fired up in anticipation of where the ride is taking her . i wouldn't worry too much about it myself .
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I have a seven year old Golden who pants just sitting around. I know in her case that there isn't anything wrong. Panting can be a sign of fear but if you can tell from her body language that she's enjoying it then I wouldn't worry. Maybe make sure she has the opportunity to drink water if there's the slightest chance she is too hot.
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I agree that it is probably excitment. Our first golden boy did this in the middle of winter when we were duck hunting--pure excitment as he knew what was going on. Also, we would almost be drowned in slobber by the time we got the 6 miles out to our blind. Take him somewhere at night or anothr dirction and he would just sit and look out the window, no panting nor slobber. My 7 1/2 year old golden mix, Honey does it just out of excitment of riding, anywhere. She LOVES to go anywhere, even the vet!

Then there is the outside chance she may feel a tiny bit car sick, not enough to make her throw up, but enough to make her feel a lttle BLAH.
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MY Goldie does this as well, but I know he is a little stressed, as he shakes as well, and only ever shake for this reason. He got worse as he has got older.

I try to ignore it, as we can't stop him going in the car, and fussing him would just be reashoring him there something to worry about.
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Could be nerves, excitement or just a bad habit like most dogs of size do. Mine pant in snow. They of course pant in the auto with air on while I freeze, just a habit or happy to be going bye bye
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Thank you for all of these replies, they have been very reassuring.
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