Prevent the Problems
With breathing difficulty and overheating the most serious concerns, take extra care when allowing your brachycephalic breed outside in summer, and minimize the time she is left unsupervised, even in a closed yard with shade, the vets say. Always have plenty of cold water available and easily accessible for your dog, and provide a cool, shady place to shelter for breaks, meals, and naps. And stay attuned to your dog’s behavior and watch for signs of distress, says Marrinan.
“Be flexible and pay attention to your pet. All dogs pant, but if they can't catch their breath and settle down their breathing rate, then stop what you're doing,” Marrinan says. And, he cautions, heat is not limited to daylight hours. “The humidity in the evening can be sneaky and just as dangerous.”
Did you know that cats can also be affected by this physical feature? Learn more about the special needs of brachycephalic breed cats:
Breathing Problems in Short-Nose Breed Cats
7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer