Pets Corner – July 2018

A Boxer is a type of dog known as “brachycephalic” – it has a short, smushed-in nose. Brachycephalic dogs are more prone to heat stroke because of their shorter respiratory tracts.


Pets Corner – July 2018

*Pets Corner is a column I write for pet owners that is published monthly in the Old South News, a newsletter in London, Ontario. This month’s column is a short version of previous posts I’ve written about hot dogs, which you can read here and here.

Hello everyone, this month I want to talk about heat stroke, a serious and deadly condition that harms many dogs each summer. The good news is that it’s easy to prevent! Read on:

  • Dogs need to exercise daily but in the summer it’s better to walk in the cooler times of the day. Stick to walking in the morning and at night, saving the hot hours of the afternoon for rest.
  • If your dog must be outside in the afternoon, provide unlimited cold water and make sure there is shade to rest in.
  • Special cooling coats can be useful for dogs who spend a lot of time outside in the heat! Soak them with water and they will provide cooling action for hours at a time.
  • If you suspect your dog has become overheated, do not delay – seek medical attention immediately. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, staggering, seeming confused, and loss of consciousness.

Melissa Harris, Barks and Recreation