三级成人视频Bulldog owners have been warned that their dogs are at risk of sunstroke, after the Royal Veterinary College found out that they are 14 times more likely to suffer from it than labradors.
Flat-faced pooches have become increasingly popular, owned by celebrities including Madonna, Holly, Lady Gaga, and Reese Witherspoon. However, they face a host of problems due to their short snout, including heatstroke.
三级成人视频Vets recommend that dogs at risk of heatstroke are walked during the cooler periods of the day during hot weather and are given access to cool water and shade. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home gives its inhabitants dog-friendly ice lollies made of apples, carrots and dog treat sticks.
三级成人视频Anonymised electronic records of more than 900,000 dogs across the UK were analysed by researchers at the Nottingham Trent University and the Royal Veterinary College, in what is thought to be the largest study of its kind.
They found bulldogs were 14 times more likely to develop heatstroke than labradors, while French bulldogs were found to be six times more likely and pugs were twice more likely to develop the condition.
In general, flat-faced dogs were twice as likely to suffer with heatstroke, the researchers said.
Emily Hall, lead researcher and a veterinary surgeon at Nottingham Trent University's School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, said: "It's likely that brachycephalic dogs overheat due to their intrinsically ineffective cooling mechanisms.
"Dogs pant to cool down - without a nose, panting is simply less effective.
"In fact, brachycephalic dogs may even generate more heat simply gasping to breathe than they lose by panting."
Other dogs at most risk also include Chow Chows, which are 17 times more likely to develop heatstroke when compared to labradors due to their thick double coats.
Being above average weight and being over two years old were also some of the factors identified by the researchers as predictors for heatstrokes.
Paula Boyden, veterinary director at Dogs Trust, said: "Dogs are unable to regulate their body temperature as well as humans do, so as the weather warms up, we need to be alert to the signs of heat stroke.
"These findings show that owners of flat-faced breeds and dogs who are overweight need to keep an especially close eye on their beloved pet during the warm weather as they could be at greater risk.
三级成人视频"The good news is there are lots of things we can do to make sure our dogs stay happy and healthy in hot weather, whether outside or playing indoors as many of us are at the moment.
"Make sure they have plenty of shade and water, and if you need to head out in the car with your dog, please be very careful."