Dog owners need to be extra careful with their pets in the hot weather, and some breeds need some extra attention this week.Short nosed pets, including French bulldogs, shih tzus and pugs suffer the most when the weather gets too hot. Paws.com house vet Steph Wenban’s said: ‘Short nosed breeds such as French bulldogs, shih tzus and pugs are more likely to overheat as they struggle to pant sufficiently to regulate their temperature due to the excess soft tissue around their airways.
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‘This problem is worsened still if they are overweight as the excess weight can further restrict their airways.’
If you are concerned that your dog is struggling with the heat look out for the following symptoms: difficulty with walking, slower walking, any change in rate or depth of breathing, vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you are concerned about your dog, please call a vet immediately as heat stroke can be fatal if not caught quickly.
Keep Them Active. Energy varies between breeds, says Dr. Becker. “Greyhounds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, and other active breeds have unfathomable energy.” He continues, “wolves spend 80% of their time awake, moving. With cats, there’s not such an exercise requirement,” but providing outlets for play at home is still crucial. For both cats and dogs he recommends food-dispensing that “recreates the hunt,” and puzzle feeders that engage your pet’s “body and mind.”
There’s also a seven second test to check if it’s too hot to take your dogs out for a walk.If you are unable to leave your hand on the Tarmac for seven seconds your dog won’t want its paws on there either. The Dogs Trust has issued guidance on making sure your pets are okay on walks and keeping them cool in the sizzling heat.