Gardens Animal Hospital
Does your pet have a harder time breathing in the summer?
With summer in the air, it’s getting particularly hard for some animals to breathe. This is especially the case for short-nosed – or flat-faced dogs such as the Pekingese, pug, bulldog, boxer, shih tzu and chihuahua. However, these airway problems, which are typically due to narrow nostrils, a long soft palate or collapsed voice box, can also affect our feline friends, such as Himalayans and exotic shorthairs. This condition (known as the Brachycephalic airway syndrome) is largely due to the dog or cat’s unique head shape, so there isn’t much you can do to entirely avoid it. However, there are certain factors that can increase the risk and further complicate their breathing condition.
Exercise: Panting may also naturally increase in the summer months as the weather gets hotter and more humid.
If your pet makes noise while breathing at rest schedule a consult with your Veterinarian.
Things to avoid: Heat, beach and walks while it’s hot outside.
Treatment options largely depend on the symptoms exhibited by your dog or cat. In some cases, surgical procedures may be your pet’s best option. So, don’t let the summer heat waves stop your pet from getting a breath of fresh air.
Contact us for more information.