Dog breeds more prone to heatstroke
Even if we take special care, heatstroke can always affect your dog.
You know dogs don't regulate the temperature like we do. They do it through the sweating of their pillows and with the wheezing.
One of the recommendations we make for your dog to be happy in summer is that you avoid the hottest hours to take him for a walk and that you always put fresh water at his disposal.
You should know that, in general, older and younger dogs tend to suffer more heatstroke.
In addition, those dogs with darker hair or brachiocephalic breeds (those with a flat nose) are especially vulnerable to this.
Next, we will specify the breeds that are most often affected.
It is common for these dogs to have difficulty breathing, which makes them a target for heatstroke. Also, if they are dark-haired, the question becomes even worse. It is best to let them rest in peace on days of intense heat and avoid physical activity.
This is an example of another type of breed that is also prone to heat stress. We are referring to dog breeds from mountainous regions. These dogs have the long, thick dog to cope well with the winter cold, but in summer it is a problem.
Chow Chow has too thick a layer that can cause its temperature to rise. They must always be kept very well brushed so that the air can reach your skin.
Many people think that shaving these dogs in summer is a good idea, but they are wrong: leaving their skin exposed can cause serious sunburn.
The same thing happens to this dog as to the previous one in terms of hair. It is very important to brush them and avoid haircuts. In addition, its short muzzle can also make it difficult to breathe at high temperatures.
In this case, its long coat may be favorable for maintaining body temperature, even if trimmed a little. However, his short muzzle makes him one of the dogs most likely to suffer heatstroke from not being able to breathe normally.
The Bulldog is the breed that has more ballots to suffer heatstroke. It belongs to the breeds of brachycephalous, or what is the same, flat-faced.
This breed is prone to serious respiratory problems, which aggravate these problems in summer. They often have trouble breathing when they work hard, especially in the heat.
St. Bernard and Bernese Mountain Dog
Two other cases similar to the previous one. They are dogs that come from cold areas and, as such, adapt well to low temperatures. However, in summer, special attention should be paid to them.
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Their flat snout and small trachea make breathing difficult and they are also prone to choking, so be very careful with them at all times, but especially in summer!
Very similar to the French Bulldog, although it is less resistant to physical exercise. Even so, he has the same breathing difficulties and is very prone to heatstroke.
These dogs have infinite energy! However, this, coupled with their short snouts, endangers their health. They must be forced to rest and drink water so that they do not end up suffering from heatstroke.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This breed also has a short muzzle that makes it difficult to breathe. In addition, as in the case of the Pug, it is prone to fattening, which does not help at all in times of intense heat.
The same thing happens to this little boy as it does to his little snouty friends. Also, having long hair does not help them cope with the heat in summer.
Do you have any of these little dweebs at home? Well, you know, watch out for any heatstroke symptoms in them and take care of them!