Posts tagged ‘Sweat Glands’

Why do dogs pant?

Dogs pant to cool off when they are feeling hot.  When our body temperature gets too high, we sweat.  Evaporation of sweat from the skin takes up a lot of heat, and helps cool the body.  But dogs are almost completely covered with hair, and have every few sweat glands.

They can’t keep cool by sweating.  Instead, a dog pants.  It sticks out its tongue and breathes rapidly.  By panting, a dog moves air back and forth over the moist tissues of its mouth and tongue.  As the moisture evaporates, body heat is carried away, and the dog feels cooler.–Dick Rogers

Why do pigs wallow in mud?

Pigs wallow in mud because it feels good to them.  Pigs have no sweat glands in their thick skin to serve as a cooling system. Wallowing in mud helps pigs to keep cool on a hot day.  The coating of mud also adds a protective layer against the sun and helps keep off biting insects.

Pigs have a reputation of being dirty and stupid because they wallow in mud. But they keep themselves cleaner than most other farm animals.  Pigs have been shown to be the most intelligent of all hoofed animals.  They can be taught to perform tricks and can even become pets.–Dick Rogers

Why do pigs wallow in the mud?

Farm Animal

A pig has no sweat glands in its skin.  In hot weather it likes to bask in its wallow to cool and soothe its skin.

We are all familiar with the old expression “as dirty as a pig.”

It is true that pigs like to wallow in the mud, but pigs don’t take mud baths simply because they like to be dirty.  A pig has now sweat glands in its skin.  This means that its body cannot be cooled by perspiration.  In hot weather, the pig wallows in the mud only to cool and soothe its skin.

Actually, the pig is not a dirty creature.  It will keep itself as clean as most other farm animals it allowed, but many pigs are forced to live in unsanitary conditions.

A pig is not particular about what it eats, and finds nourishment in many kinds of food.  In earlier days pigs were fed scraps and leftovers from the kitchen, which created fifth and offensive odors in the pig pen.

In modern, farming practices, pigs are not fed on garbage, but on carefully balanced diets.  They are kept in more sanitary surroundings as well. – Dick Rogers