Q) Is heat stroke a serious threat to my dog?
A) Heat stroke can be a serious threat to dogs. Brachiocephalic dogs (short-nosed breeds such as pugs and Boston terriers) are less able to thermoregulate and can more easily overheat. By far the most common situation that causes heat stroke is leaving the dog in a closed car in the sun, especially during the summer. On hot days, as little as 30 minutes to 1 hour can be fatal. You might think that this is not a problem in a mild climate like ours, but the local emergency hospital reports that they usually see about 10 deaths due to heat stroke each year. If you must leave your dog in the car, leave your windows partially down and park in the shade.