CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As we approach 100 degrees in western Massachusetts Sunday, dog owners should consider taking extra precautions to avoid heatstrokes that are potentially fatal to their pets.

According to a study from Scientific Reports, breed, age, and weight can put certain dogs at a higher risk of a heat-related illness. Most at-risk dogs weigh more than 110 pounds and are breeds with flat faces.

22News spoke with Eric Kessler the owner of a dog kennel in Granby, Connecticut. He told us during the summer they have to be extra careful of how much sun and heat dogs are exposed to.

“Keeping them in the shade as much as possible, not leaving them out for more than 10 or 15 minutes effectively letting them take care of their bodily functions outdoors and then just bring them in and let them stay comfortable.”

Eric Kessler

Dog breeds with the highest risk of heat stroke include the Chow-Chow, Bulldog, and Pug. The study indicates Chow-Chows were 16 times more likely to develop heatstroke compared to Labradors.

Weather Alert

It’s illegal to tether your dog outside during a weather advisory or warning.

“A person shall not leave a dog outside when a weather advisory, warning or watch is issued by a local, state or federal authority or when outside environmental conditions including, but not limited to, extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or hail pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of the dog based on the dog’s breed, age or physical condition, unless the tethering is for not more than 15 minutes.”

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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