How Summer Exacerbates Your Pet’s Breathing Problems & What You Can Do To Help
With summer in the air, it’s getting particularly hard for some animals to breath. This is especially the case for short-nose – 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. These include:
- Allergies (especially in the summer)
- Exercise and any other activity that could lead to excessive breathing. Panting may also naturally increase in the summer months as the weather gets hotter and more humid.
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. For more information about symptoms and treatments, talk to your local veterinarian.