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July 02, 2021 2 min read
As the hot summer weather arrives and the temperature and humidity begin to rise to extreme levels, the summer heat can be fatal to pets. Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heatstroke & sunburn if overexposed to the heat.
Though a risk for all breeds, some dog breeds are more sensitive to heat such as (Brachycephalic) short-nosed breeds Pugs, Boxers, Shih Tzus, Bull Mastiffs, Chow Chows, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, English bulldogs & toy spaniels.
When it's hot outside, dogs can only cool themselves by panting, which can lead to swelling in the back of their mouth & throat. This swelling makes it extremely difficult for Brachycephalic breeds to breathe or cause difficulty moving air through their lungs with the risk in extreme cases, of suffocation.
The picture below shows the back of the mouth of a long-nosed dog on the left (a collie-retriever cross) and a short-nosed dog on the right (a pug). You can see that this area is compressed and limited in the pug. All brachycephalic breeds have this anatomy. Space is even more limited when they are overweight or obese.
Knowing the signs & symptoms of overheating is very important and can be a matter of life or death, for your pets.
Below are some key symptoms of overheating: