9 dog breeds at higher risk of heatstroke
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A new study found which dog breeds are at higher risk of heat stroke in the summer months - and they found that flat-faced dogs unfortunately suffer more often.
In fact, brachycephalic dogs (breeds with shortened snouts) suffer from heat stroke twice as often as dogs with an average snout like Labradors because they already have difficulty breathing when breathing.
Golden Retrievers and Chow Chows also have an increased risk of heat stroke (due to their thick coats) as well as large and older dogs over 12 years of age.
"While we're in an ever warmer world, veterinarians may need to consider resistance to heat-related diseases when advising owners on breed selection," explains the team working on the study. "Breeding for good respiratory function and maintaining a healthy weight should be seen as an important welfare priority for all dogs to limit the risk of heat related illness."
While any dog can develop heat stroke if he stays out in the sun for too long, there are some breeds that are more susceptible. Check out the dog breeds below:
1. Chow Chow (17 times more often under heat stroke)
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2nd bulldog (14 times more likely)
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3. French Bulldog (six times more likely)
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4. French mastiff (five times more likely)
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5. Greyhound (four times more likely)
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6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (three times more likely)
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7. Pug (three times more likely)
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8. English Springer Spaniel (three times more likely)
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9. Golden Retriever (three times more likely)
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What are the signs of heat stroke in dogs?
The signs to consider include:
Excitement and restlessness
Bright red tongue
Very red or pale gums
Shortness of breath
How can you cool down an overheated dog?
Always be sure to take your dog for a walk in cooler times of the day (evening and early morning) in midsummer. This prevents overheating.
Some of the practical ways you can cool your puppy are:
Let them cool in a lake
Add ice cubes to your water bowl (and always take a walk with water in summer)
Place a damp cloth on your neck, armpits and between your hind legs
Get a cooling mat
See the vet if you are concerned about the heat
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