With summer just around the corner, warm weather safety is a concern for many pet owners. To keep pets safe, it’s imperative to always provide them with access to fresh drinking water, never leave them in a parked car, limit exercise and playtime to the early mornings or evenings, and to always be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke. All dogs are at risk, but some breeds are more sensitive to heat than others.
Below are five dog breeds that are especially prone to heat exhaustion:
- Pug: Pugs are a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have short noses, small skulls, and a compressed upper respiratory system. Dogs with these characteristics have a harder time cooling themselves off through panting than other breeds.
- Boxer: These loyal dogs make playful and clownish companions, but they need to keep the playing to a minimum during the hottest part of the day.
- Bulldog: Yet another short-faced breed, bulldogs are not highly effective at cooling themselves down during the summer months.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Like many toy breeds, these dogs don’t do well in excessive heat or excessive cold.
- Akita: This breed has a thick coat meant for colder climates. Extra care should be taken in warm climates to ensure these dogs have plenty of water and access to a cool place to rest.
If you ever think your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary attention immediately. Symptoms of heat stroke include excessive panting, lack of balance, a rapid heartbeat, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea.