Saturday, August 11, 2018

What Breeds of Dogs are Most Likely To Suffer Heatstroke?

With summer comes heat stroke in our pets. However, although heat stroke can affect all dogs, there are breeds that are more vulnerable than others for different reasons and may be more prone to suffer it. We tell you what these breeds are so that you pay more attention.

Dog Breeds at Highest Risk for Heatstroke


What dogs are prone to heat stroke?


Even if we take special care, heatstroke can always affect your dog.

You know that dogs do not regulate their temperature as we do. They do it through the sweating of their pads and panting.

One of the recommendations we make to make your dog happy in summer is to avoid the hottest hours to take him for a walk and always provide him with fresh water.

You should know that, in general, older and younger dogs tend to suffer more from heat stroke.

In addition, those dogs with darker hair or brachiocephalic breeds (those with flat noses) are especially vulnerable to it.

Below, we will specify the breeds that are more prone to heatstroke.

Pug


Pug

In these dogs it is common for breathing difficulties to arise, making them a target for heatstroke. In addition, if they are dark-haired, the matter is aggravated. It is best to let them rest quietly on days of intense heat and avoid physical activity.

Alaskan Malamute


Alaskan Malamute

This is an example of another type of breeds that are also prone to heatstroke. We are referring to dog breeds from mountainous regions. These dogs have a long and thick coat to cope well with the cold in winter, but in summer it is a problem.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow has a very thick coat that can cause its temperature to rise. They should always be kept well groomed to allow air to reach their skin.

Many people think that shaving these dogs in summer is a good idea, but they are wrong: leaving their skin uncovered can cause serious sunburn.

Pomerania


Pomerania

This dog has the same hair condition as the previous one. It is very important to brush it and avoid haircuts. In addition, its short muzzle can also make breathing difficult in high temperatures.

Shih Tzu


Shih Tzu

In this case, its long coat can become favorable for maintaining body temperature, even if it is trimmed a little. However, its short muzzle makes it one of the dogs most prone to heatstroke because it cannot breathe normally.

English Bulldog


English Bulldog

The Bulldog is the breed most likely to suffer from heatstroke. It belongs to the brachycephalic breeds, or what is the same, with a flat face.

This breed is prone to suffer serious respiratory problems, which in summer these problems are aggravated. They usually find it hard to breathe when they exert themselves too much, especially in the heat.

St. Bernard and Bernese Mountain Dog


St. Bernard

Bernese Mountain Dog

Two other cases similar to the Alaskan Malamute. They are dogs that come from cold areas and, as such, they adapt well to low temperatures. However, in summer special attention should be paid to them.

French Bulldog


French Bulldog

Their flat muzzle and small windpipe make breathing difficult and they are prone to choking, so be careful with them all the time, but especially in summer!

Boston Terrier


Boston Terrier

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.

Boxer


Boxer

These dogs have endless energy! However, this, coupled with their short muzzles, endangers their health. They must be forced to rest and drink water so that they don't end up suffering from heatstroke.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This breed also has a short muzzle that makes breathing difficult. In addition, as in the case of the Pug, it is prone to put on weight, which does not help at all in times of intense heat.

Pekingese


Pekingese

This little dog has the same problem as his friends with a small muzzle. In addition, their long hair does not help them to cope well with the heat in summer.

Do you have any of these furries at home? So now you know, keep an eye out for any symptoms of heat stroke in them and take care of them!
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