Nine dog breeds most at risk from heatwave

Dog owners know they need to use caution to protect their pets as the temperature rises, and now experts have revealed nine dog breeds at higher risk for heat stroke in the heatwave.

Vets and the RSPCA have warned both pet owners, telling them not to walk dogs in the heat – one pet owner shared how her dog died of heat stroke after a short walk in the sun.

Dogs can have a tough life in hot weather, with a greater risk of heart failure and serious injury or even death.

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Purebred dogs have twice the risk of crossbreeding, reports Birmingham Live, and experts say the nine most endangered dog breeds are different.

Chow chow dogs are 17 times more likely to lead, followed by bulldogs 14 times more likely to experience heat stroke.

French bullogs and mastiffs complete the top 5 with greyhounds, followed by King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, English Springer Spaniels, and then Golden Retrievers.

This is the complete list

  • Chow chow
  • Bulldog
  • French bulldog
  • French mastiff
  • Greyhounds
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • pug
  • English springer spaniel
  • Golden retriever

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Animal emergency service Vets Now also warned that rising temperatures could increase the risk of heat stroke in dogs.

The veterinary service sees an increase in 911 calls as the weather warms up and has warned that temperatures above 20 ° C are dangerous for dogs and that the survival rate for dogs with heat stroke is only 50%.

The warnings come after a week of flash floods in south-east England that caused traffic disruptions in London.

A devastated pet owner spoke out this week, saying her French bulldog tragically died after taking a short walk – although she showed no signs of illness after the walk was over.

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