Owner-led exertion or exercise, particularly during the summer, causes 74% of heatstroke cases in dogs; exposure to hot weather causes 13% of cases; and traveling or being left in a hot vehicle causes 5% of cases. The study of UK animal medical records, published in Animals, also found that male dogs and certain breeds are most likely to develop exercise-induced heatstroke, and brachycephalic dogs are most likely to fall ill simply from exposure to hot weather.
Most canine heatstroke cases in UK due to exertion
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