Some Dogs Are At Higher Risk

Pugs are at higher risk for heat related illness because the shape of their snout makes it difficult for them to pant effectively.
Extreme heat can be dangerous for any dog, but some dogs are more prone to heat related illnesses than others. Obviously, dogs with longer hair are at higher risk for than dogs with shorter hair. So during the summer months, it may be wise to trim your pup's hair. The best length is about 1 inch. Anything shorter than 1 inch is dangerous because your dog may get sunburned.

The shape of your dog's face is also an important factor to how well he deals with the heat. Brachycephalic dogs (or dogs with flat faces) such as Bull dogs, Pugs, and Boston Terriers, are actually more at risk for heat related illness. This is because the facial structures of these dogs make it difficult for them to pant effectively. Their short muzzle, compact skull, and compressed upper respiratory system can lead to minor and life threatening complications. Brachycephalic dogs require extra attention from their owners when it comes to heat related issues. For the most part, these dogs should be kept cool and inside, and they are not the best travel dogs either. Unfortunately, statistics show that some dog owners don't realize this. From 2005 to 2009, about half of all canine deaths that occurred in the calescent cargo areas of airplanes were brachycephalic dogs.

Give Your Dog the Proper Tools
Overheating is something that CAN be avoided. The key is to give your pup the proper tools to make this happen.

The Cool Bed III is one of the best cooling dog beds on the market today!
One great tool to use for battling the heat is a cooling dog bed. At PetStreetMall, there are a variety of cool dog beds for you to choose from. One of the best cooling dog beds is the Cool Bed III. The bed doesn't require maintenance, batteries, or electricity to keep the bed cool. All you have to do is fill the bed bladder with cool water and keep the bed in a shaded area. The Cool Bed III isn't designed to give freezer like coolness. Instead, it is designed to keep your dog comfortable on hot days. On hot days, dogs usually will lie down on the cool cement ground to find comfort. The ground however absorbs this heat, and soon, it will not provide the comfort your dog is looking for. On the other hand, the Cool Bed III is designed to absorb your pup's heat and radiate it back into the air, so he has long lasting comfort.

If you have any further questions about canine cooling products or canine heat related illnesses, feel free to e-mail or call us any time. We love all animals and take pride in providing you with any information you may need.

By: Tim Snyder
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