Hot Weather Risks For Short Faced Dogs

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

According to experts, brachycephalic dogs possess comparably smaller and weaker airways. Moreover, they have excess folds in the throat plus voice box, in addition to visibly larger tongues & narrowed nostrils. Common Brachycephalic syndrome breeds are;

  • Pugs, Rottweilers, and Brussels Griffons
  • Bulldogs and Chow Chows
  • Pekingese and English Toy Spaniels.
  • Bull Mastiffs, Boxers, Shih Tzus, and Chihuahuas
  • Tibetan Spaniels and Lhasa Apso

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

brachycephalic syndrome

To their anatomy, dogs falling under this breed tend to be at an increased risk of suffering from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, a breathing problem that affects the upper airway. And during the hot season that’s characterized by humid weather, the situation can worsen as the dogs try to pant more to cool off internally.


Puppy Heat Stroke

Brachycephalic dogs are prone to breathing difficulties, which increases their risk of developing heat stroke. When they draw in wet air, it becomes hard for them to offload the heat, which increases their pant rate and consequently overheating.

Sunburn and skin problems

dog health care

Short-faced breeds possess a light skin as well as short hair-especially pugs & bulldogs — a factor which makes them more prone to sunburn. So, staying off the sun is the only way to prevent sunburns in these dogs. Thus, consider keeping your dog sheltered –especially during very high, mid-day sun. Also, you can consider applying sunscreens that do not contain zinc and PABA.

Golden advice

If you have got a short-faced dog, don’t assume that things will take care of themselves. Learn how to shield him from the sun, unwanted rays, and many other risks.


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