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10 Dog Breeds at Highest Risk for Heatstroke

According to Trupanion’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Denise Petryk lists the following as signs that your dog is at higher risk for heatstroke: older, overweight, short nosed, thick-coated, low-energy, out of shape, doesn’t drink enough water, and/or has underlying diseases like heart, respiratory, endocrine disorders, or arthritis. In addition, the following breeds tend to be at greater risk.

#1 – English Bulldog

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Like most of the breeds on this list, the bulldog is a brachycephalic (short-nosed, hard-breathing) breed, which means they can overheat easily. However, they also tend to be lazy, overweight, and out of shape, possibly making them the breed that is MOST LIKELY to get heatstroke.

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