The ASPCA issued a heat warning for pet owners to take precautions as warmer weather approaches. One veterinarian shared a video on social media, detailing nine dog breeds at a higher risk for heatstroke.
Veterinarian warns pet owners about heatstroke in dogs
A veterinarian famous on TikTok and Instagram shared a video specifying nine dog breeds that are more susceptible to the dangers of warmer weather, the Independent reported. The TikTok famous vet, who goes by Cat the Vet, first shared the video in preparation for one of the heat waves that hit the UK and parts of Europe last summer. In the video, the vet highlighted nine dog breeds that are at an elevated risk for heat-related illness.
Cat the Vet first mentions the Chow Chow, a thick-coated dog that is 17 times more likely to suffer heatstroke than the average dog. Additionally, these dogs also have slightly flat faces. The brachycephalic, or short and flat skull shape, can contribute to difficulty breathing. On the list, Cat the Vet included the French Bulldog, English Bulldog, and the Dogue de Bordeaux, dogs that are known for their flat faces.
“This [proves] what we already know, that flat-faced breeds are massively more vulnerable in hot weather,” Cat says in the video.
The Greyhound placed fifth on the list, likely due to the increased potential for their core temperature to rise too high. Cat explained this is likely due to their large muscle mass in relation to their overall body size.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ranked sixth, followed by the Pug, another brachycephalic breed. Lastly, Cat cited the English Springer Spaniel and the Golden Retriever, two breeds known for their high energy levels and eagerness to play. Both are heavily coated, which can also increase their risk of heatstroke.
UK study shows dog breeds more susceptible to heatstroke
Cat the Vet’s video cites a Vet Compass study from 2020, titled Incidence and risk factors for heat-related illness (heatstroke) in UK dogs.
“Regardless of the breed of your dog, please please be careful as the temperatures spike,” she said.
As summer approaches, organizations like the RSPCA, the ASPCA, and the American Humane urge pet owners to learn about the signs of heatstroke in dogs. The warning includes symptoms of heat-related illness, including panting, increased respiratory rate, vomiting, drowsiness, and excessive drooling.
Now that you know about this critical heat warning, learn more about dog breeds that don’t tolerate heat well with this guide.