“Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not sweat. The only way for them to release heat is by panting,” Rawlinson said in a Tuesday email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Over the past month, Tiger Tails has seen at least four dogs, all who died, with heat stroke, Rawlinson said. All of the heat strokes the hospital has seen this year were in brachycephalic breeds, such as bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers, and pugs. This is due to their smaller windpipe and flat face, which causes a decrease in airflow, Rawlinson said.