Heat-related dog deaths are on the rise as a result of climate change.

By Thomas Oakley-Newell

A UK study* detected 395 HRI incidents after analyzing VetCompass records of 905,543 canines at 886 veterinary facilities.

Purebred dogs, brachycephalic dogs, dogs weighing over 50kg, and dogs over 12 years of age are among the dogs most at danger, according to the study.

When advising owners on breed selection, veterinary practitioners may need to incorporate resistance to HRI as one of their rationales.

To reduce the risk of heat-related sickness, “breeding for good respiratory function and maintaining a healthy bodyweight should be considered critical welfare priority for all dogs,” according to the report….

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