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Extreme Heat! How To Keep Your French Bulldog Safe?

I’m quite sure that every Frenchie owner knows that these affectionate batpigs are prone to get heatstroke in the summer. And while for most of us the summer means vacation, warm part of the year can become a real-life struggle for your Frenchie. That’s why I want to introduce you to essential facts about how to keep your French bulldog safe in extreme heat.

What are the warning signs of heatstroke in French Bulldogs?

Since Frenchies have brachycephalic skulls and elongated soft palates, they’re unable to breathe in enough air in order to cool down in the hot weather. On the other hand, dogs sweat only through their paw pads, which isn’t enough to keep them safe from the hot temperature. French bulldog heatstroke can be one of the greatest concerns during the summer season, so that’s why you gotta know how to recognize the signs.

Heatstroke is otherwise called hyperthermia. It occurs when your Frenchie’s body temperature rises above a healthy range, so the dog comes in mortal danger. The condition may range from mild to severe, at which point your bat pig may even lose consciousness. Therefore, it’s extremely important to spot the following symptoms of heatstroke:

  • heavy breathing
  • glassy eyes or fearful expressions
  • seizures
  • collapsing or staggering
  • excessive drooling, roaring, panting
  • lethargy
  • dark red tongue and gums
  • thick and sticky saliva
  • vomiting
  • high body temperature
  • dry nose
  • rapid heartbeat

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How to keep a French bulldog safe in extreme heat?

1- Keep your home cool

Frenchies best suit living in temperatures between 18-23 C degrees. Therefore, if it’s hot outside, I recommend you to settle your dog’s bed in an air-conditioned room and away from direct sunlight.

2- Don’t leave a dog in a parked car

Leaving a dog in a parked car may turn out to be fatal for any dog breed. Even when you leave an opened window, the temperature will quickly rise and your pet can lose consciousness.

3- Avoid the hottest part of the day

During the summer months, I recommend you to walk with your Frenchie outside only in the morning and late evening. Exposing your dog to physical exertion on a sunny day can seriously damage his health. Avoid hot sand, concrete, asphalt areas, or any other areas where heat is reflected and there is no access to shade. Instead, choose grass and natural shade.

4- Avoid exercising outside

Since it’s essential to keep your Frenchie in good shape in order to prevent him from obesity, I recommend you perform training outdoor in late hours or inside the house. You can use different toys for playing fetch or interactive toys such as the following Self-rolling interactive ball.

5- Keep your Frenchie hydrated

Hydration is important not only for us but also for our dogs. Therefore, I recommend you always bring a water bottle for your Frenchie whenever you go outside. They usually come with an extension that serves as a bowl. Besides, your Frenchie needs to have access to fresh water throughout the day because he will lose body fluids through panting and sweating.

heatstroke in french bulldogs

6- Use a summer-cooling collar for French bulldogs

Summer-cooling collars represent the ultimate solution for keeping a dog safe in the summer. The following collar is filled with a gel that provides a dog with a cooling effect when spending time outside. Before usage, it’s essential to place the collar in the fridge for an hour. As your dog walks, the cooling collar will gradually release the cold and decrease the stress caused by hot weather.

heatstroke in french bulldogs

7- Self-cooling bed is a must-have item for Frenchies

As I already mentioned, these dogs require sleeping in the coldest place in the house during the summer months. Since your little gremlin will desperately search for a spot to cool off, it would be great to teach your dog to sleep and rest on the sleep-cooling bed or mat.

To get the best effect, I recommend you place a bed on tiles, so it can stay cool for a long time. The following bed is filled with a silicone gel and the fabric is heat and water-resistant.

heatstroke in french bulldogs

French Bulldog Bear Summer Cooling Mat is another useful item that can be used during the summer months to prevent a Frenchie from overheating. Since it’s so lightweight, you can take it wherever you spend time outside. It’s skin-friendly, and the top of the bed is made of waterproof fabric.

heatstroke in french bulldogs

8- Use a cooling vest for French bulldogs

French bulldog summer cooling vest represents an ultimate solution to protect a dog’s skin from harmful UV rays and hotness. Summer vests are made of a special fabric that is heat-resistant and should be worn wet. The fabric is skin-friendly and won’t cause any irritations during your pet’s activities. The following Watermelon summer cooling vest comes with a practical box, so you can place the wet vest in the fridge to cool off before wearing it.

Another useful summer essential for French bulldogs that can prevent them from heatstroke is the following French bulldog summer cooling jacket. It’s made of breathable mesh that improves skin breathing and the backpack on the back features a cooling gel. The gel pack should be previously placed in the fridge, and as your pet walks outside, it will gradually release the cold over the dog’s body. Besides, it can be used as a protection against sun rays and environmental allergens as well.

9- Take your French bulldog to swim

As an owner of this breed, you probably know that French bulldogs can’t swim. However, it shouldn’t be the reason not to take them swimming. Your Frenchie can enjoy spending time in the water by wearing life jackets. They feature floating panels by both sides and a safety handle on a dog’s back to help you easier maneuver with the dog or to save him from unplanned situations.

 

What are the predisposing factors for heatstroke in French bulldogs?

  • Is your Frenchie overweight? If yes, then he will be on a higher tendency to get heatstroke.
  • age extremes (small puppies or senior pooches)
  • dehydration
  • overeating
  • excessive exercise
  • heart issues
  • breathing difficulties such as elongated soft palates, narrow nostrils, flat skulls, laryngeal paralysis, and collapsing trachea.

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