Brachycephalic breeds or the dogs and cats with push in muzzles such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs and Boston Terriers have more difficulty breathing in the heat. Puppies, senior dogs and cats, and those with ailments are more prone to heatstroke as well. Heatstroke can cause swelling in the throat which adds to breathing difficulties.
Protect your dog and cat by keeping them hydrated by providing fresh water throughout the day. Keep them in cooler temperatures throughout the summer. Provide shade when outdoors on sunny days and keep them in the air-conditioning on excessively hot days and keep exercise to a minimum. Never ever leave them in the car even for just a few minutes in the summer heat!
If you see signs of heatstroke, such as vigorous panting, thick saliva, dark red gums, muscle tremors, verge of collapse or dizziness and disorientation, offer water but don’t force the dog, cool your dog with cool washrags around the head and pads of the paws and call your vet immediately.