Features July 2015 Issue

Short-Nosed Dogs

This Pug is cooked! He’s trying to get as much air as possible, and his tongue is starting to look dry. He needs some water and a fan, STAT!

Short-Nosed Dogs

The brachycephalic breeds – such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Bulldogs – are particularly at risk of heat stress, says Eileen Fatcheric, DVM, of Syracuse, New York. “The only way dogs have to thermoregulate their bodies is panting, which is air flow over the respiratory system. These dogs are particularly at risk for heat stress because of the shape and design of the dog’s throat.”

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