The Breeds of Dogs That Most Need Our Dog Car Temperature Monitor
If someone says “there’s now a safe way to leave your dog in the car and keep an eye on the cabin temperature,” you’d probably be interested in such a dog car temperature monitor. After all, a sealed-up car can get hot in the middle of summer, whether you’re in Tampa or Anchorage.
But it’s not just the car that plays a part in how hot a dog can get. Certain breeds are more at risk for heat stroke than others, and it’s not just the super-hairy breeds such as the Afghan Hound or the mop-like Komondors. Sometimes it’s not the amount of fur that a dog has, but the job they were bred for. Such is the case with all of the dogs on this list. They are all brachycephalic, which means they have been bred to have short noses. This often leads to brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome, which doesn’t allow the dog to breathe in enough air in order to pant (and therefore cool themselves) adequately.
If your pet ever experiences heat stroke, which is often identified by glazed eyes, vomiting, and seizures, get them to a vet right away. But it’s best to avoid these entirely by keeping them properly hydrated, and, of course, cool. Let’s take a look at the dogs that will be most in need of our dog heat alarms due to their increased chance of heat stroke.
There are many reasons that people might purchase an English Bulldog. Some people think they look tough and stout, others think they look absolutely adorable. Still, more people might like the fact that they’re low-energy dogs who don’t require constant attention.
Unfortunately, their lazy nature can also lead to their need for a dog car temperature monitor. Being overweight is one of the primary factors that can lead to heat stroke in any animal, and dogs are no exception. Another reason that bulldogs are prone to heatstroke is their hard-breathing nature, brought about by their brachycephalic head shape. While the retracted nose helped them to breathe during the “sport” of bull baiting hundreds of years ago, bulldog breathing patterns make it more difficult to get cool via exhalation and panting.
Pugs are another breed that some people find absolutely adorable because of their short-skulled nature. But that short skull and retracted nose make it harder for them to breath and pant, which makes them another breed that is highly susceptible to heat stroke.
Pugs tend to be more active than bulldogs, meaning that they’re less likely to be overweight. But some of them have an additional disadvantage; while fawn is the most common color for pugs, the American Kennel Club recognizes black as an official purebred color as well. The black fur can trap heat and make them more susceptible to heat stroke, meaning you might want to set the alarm on our dog monitor app a little lower if you have a black pug.
The casual observer might not be able to see the difference between a French bulldog and a pug, but if you own these breeds we’re sure that you know the difference. French bulldogs are a relatively new breed, crossing rat terriers with bulldogs in order to create the Toy Bulldog, aka French bulldog, as a companion animal.
Unfortunately, they share many of the same problems as pugs. Short faces make it harder for them to breathe and cool off. Luckily they’re not as likely to become obese as bulldogs are, but their active nature also means that they might suffer from heatstroke when they’re running. Always be sure to have enough water for them and find a place where they can cool off. They might get too excited and not realize that they’re in danger!
First of all, being brachycephalic makes it hard to pant. Like bulldogs, Boston terriers can become overweight rather easily. And like black pugs, their partial black coats can help them overheat. It’s one-two-three strikes against the Boston terrier, so be sure to engage in pet car safety and grab the PuppComm dog monitor app.
Shih Tzus are believed to have been bred to survive on the Tibetan Plateau, an area of the world with high altitudes and cooler temperatures. Most of them have longer hair, and in some cases extremely long hair. Add that to hereditary breathing problems and the need for a dog car heat alarm becomes pretty obvious. If you live in a hot area of the country, giving your Shih Tzu a summer trim can be very helpful.
Pekingese don’t tend to be very active, which can easily lead to obesity. Like the Shih Tzu, they can also have very long hair. Keep them trimmed in the summer, especially if you have a rarer black-coated Pekingese.
Alright, enough talking about low-energy dogs! Let’s talk about boxers, which are in most circumstances very active dogs.
Like all of the dogs on the list so far, boxers can overheat because of their inability to breathe deeply enough in order to pant and cool off. On top of that, boxers are so interested playing that they might not take the time to stop and take a drink break; it might be up to you to calm them down and lead them to a water dish.
Of all the dogs on this list, boxers are the ones that people are most likely to let loose in a dog park so that they can get exercise. That also means that it’s very likely they’ll be in the car more often, which could lead to short amounts of time left in the car alone. If you’re going to do that, we implore you to watch out for their safety and get a dog car temperature monitor in order to keep them safe.
Chow Chows are known for their beautiful coats, but those coats were originally used to keep them cool in arctic and sub-arctic China. If you live in Minnesota and it’s the middle of winter, your Chow Chow is going to be just fine. But if it’s summer and you’re in Las Vegas, you certainly don’t want to neglect keeping them cool for any length of time.
Other Brachycephalic Breeds
The above eight breeds are some of the most likely dogs to get heat stroke, so if you have any of them please consider getting our car interior temperature monitor. But those aren’t the only breeds that might have trouble cooling off due to their shortened skull and nose. You should also watch out for heat stroke in Chihuahuas, Lhasa Apsos, bull mastiffs, and English toy spaniels. A full list, as well as a very interesting article on dog behavior, can be found in this Psychology Today article.
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We know that you, as a caring dog owner, were probably aware of the possibility of heat stroke with short-nosed dogs. But we also know that not every dog owner is aware that some dogs are more at risk for heat stroke than others; if we save one dog’s life it’s all been worth it. Learn the latest about PuppTech and our PuppComm right here!