Several Dog Breeds That Suffer Through Summer
There are no two ways about the fact that you love your little mate.
We get it, you want your pet to be with you all the time, wherever you go. That being said, we tend to overlook certain aspects about our pets just because we may not be as sensitive to the environment as they are. Although it is a whole lot of fun to watch our furry little friends roam around the yard and run long stretches along the beach, there are certain breeds that may be hypersensitive to the heat in this warm climate of ours here in Australia, especially in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Here are some of the breeds that you may want to keep an eye out for when outdoors in the warm summer months.
“They generally don’t know to limit their activity, so you need to keep an eye out for them when they are out in the sun”
Size Does Matter
Small dogs like pugs, Pekinese, French Bulldogs, Boxers, Shih Tzus, and to an extent bulldogs are generally cute and have a playful demeanour. Parents especially love them since they make great playmates for small kids. Although they adapt easily to most weather conditions and environments and are happy in both urban and rural settings, they are not good at cooling off after some exertion. This is evident in the way they pant after playing for a while in the sun – noticeably more often than other breeds.
How You Can Care
Most of the above mentioned breeds have short noses and wide flat heads. Some of these dogs like the pugs and Boxers are happy to get all the playtime they can get. They generally don’t know to limit their activity, so you need to keep an eye out for them when they are out in the sun. Make sure they have access to water and a cool shady spot that they can use to rest from time to time while playing in the hot sun. Also, if you are out in the city and it’s hot outside, make sure your dog doesn’t spend too much time on the pavement as they may suffer from blisters on the pads of their paws.
Generally, it’s best to keep your dog in cool environments if it’s really hot outside. Heatstroke is an imminent danger that can be fatal if not corrected on time.