A veterinarian has issued a warning to owners of nine dog breeds that are most susceptible to developing sunstroke this summer.
Through giving veterinarian advice on social media, Cat has gained over 325,000 followers on TikTok and an additional 31,000 followers on Instagram.
Last year, the vet recorded videos of each canine breed that typically suffers in warmer weather.
Nine Dog Breeds Susceptible to Developing Heatstroke According to Vet
The video quoted a 2020 Vet Compass study that discovered Chow Chows are 17 times more likely than the ordinary dog to get heatstroke.
“It’s hardly surprising when you consider they’ve got a double whammy of a slightly flat face and a massive coat,” she said.
“This proves that we have always known—flat-faced breeds are massively more vulnerable in the hot weather, and we need to take great care of them.”
Breathing problems are common in breeds with flat faces, usually caused by brachycephalic airway syndrome.
This indicates that the airflow is severely restricted by their lengthy soft palates and narrow nasal apertures.
To reduce their body temperature, dogs rely largely on panting.
According to Cat, Greyhounds placed fifth overall because of their “large muscle bulk,” which is in proportion to their size.
“That means that with exercise, their core temperature can rise quite high—particularly on hot days,” she said.
Pugs, who also suffer from brachycephalic airway syndrome, came in seventh place, followed by Golden Retrievers and Springer Spaniels, which she called “the poster children for going crazy with exercise whatever the weather, and both have very thick coats.”
Cat ends the video by cautioning pet owners:
“Regardless of the breed of your dog, please, please be careful as the temperature spike.”
The RSPCA also advised pet owners on the symptoms of canine heatstroke, which include vomiting, panting, profuse drooling, and lethargy.