Too Hot to Breathe: Heat-Related Pet Breathing Problems

iStock_000019599571_MediumThe dog days of late summer are upon us. And, for pets who have breathing problems, these kinds of days can be rough. There are several common pet breathing problems that we see that can worsen in the hot, humid weather.

If any of the following sound familiar to you, please exercise caution on hot days and call us if need be.

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Those smooshy-faced pets like Pugs, Persians, and Bulldogs may be cute, but breathing is no picnic for them, even on the best of days. These breeds, described as brachycephalic, characteristically have a perfect storm of problems that affect their airways. These include:

  • Smaller than normal nostrils
  • Longer than normal soft palate
  • Small trachea (windpipe)
  • Crowding of the bones in the back of the nose

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Golden Care for Senior Pets

iStock_000030313002_MediumAs your adult pet reaches the age of 6 or 7, he or she is no longer the spry pup or kitten he or she once was. In fact, for many pets this milestone marks the beginning of his or her “golden years”. At this age, more effort is needed in helping your pet maintain a healthy lifestyle, including an increase in senior pet care.

Senior Pets at the Vet

Once a pet reaches senior status, we recommend a change in your pet’s wellness exam schedule. Instead of the annual exams your pet has had in the past, we encourage pet owners to transition to bi-annual exams, instead. Continue…