heatstroke in dogs

The RSPCA urgently alerts pet owners to canine heatstroke symptoms, including vomiting, heavy panting, drooling, and lethargy.

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.

dog heavy panting from heatstroke

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.

English Bulldogs came in second, while Dogue de Bordeaux and French Bulldogs came in third and fourth, respectively.

Cat elucidated:

“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.

golden retriever drinking from a water bottle

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.

King Charles Spaniels took sixth place due to their thicker coats, flatter faces, and the fact that they are more “prone to obesity.”

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.

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