French bulldog heat stroke is one of the greatest concerns of every owner of this breed. Since Frenchies have short airways, they are unable to quickly cool off the air they drow into their body. That’s why I decided to provide you with the best tips about how to take care of your French bulldog in hot weather.
What are the signs of heatstroke in French bulldogs?
Unlike many other dog breeds, Frenchies are susceptible to overheating. Except for their brachycephalic skulls, Frenchies have short legs. Therefore, their bellies are closer to the ground and prone to pick up the warmth by walking on hot pavements.
Since French bulldog’s paws aren’t enough to relieve the temperature, you gotta help your pet to keep the temperature in optimal limits.
One of the first signs to spot French bulldog heat stroke are:
- excessive panting
- the skin on the ears is flushed and red
- dry and dark gums
- dry and warm nose
- lethargy, dizziness, lack of coordination
- vomiting (in some cases)
- glazed eyes
- rapid heart rate
Hot to prevent French bulldog heat stroke?
Since summer is definitely the best part of the year to spend time outdoors, it’s essential to provide your pet with plenty of natural shade. Try to keep your dog’s walks short in the hot weather, and to perform them early in the morning and late in the evening.
If you want to spend the whole day outside, it’s essential to bring some cooling items to prevent him/her from overheating.
Items such as a cooling collar for French bulldogs will provide your dog with a pleasant effect around the neck. Before wearing, you need to soak it in the cold water. As your Frenchie wears it, the collar will gradually become dry, so it’s essential to repeat the process. It features a breathable mesh and heat resistant fabric that is skin-friendly for your pet.
Pay attention to your dog’s hydration
Hydration is one of the most important tasks to keep in mind when owning a Frenchie. Therefore, when you spend time in nature, we recommend you to always take a portable water bottle with you. The following one comes with a practical addition that serves as a bowl, while the collapsible design makes it easy to carry around.
Choose a cold place in the house
Frenchies best suit living in temperatures between 18-23 C degrees. So, if it’s hot outside, choose the coldest place in the house to place a cooling bed for your Frenchie. It is filled with a gel that helps in releasing the excessive heat from the body.
The fabric is waterproof and skin-friendly, so you’ll be able to always keep it clean.
Allow your Frenchie to swim
Despite the fact Frenchies are not good swimmers, they should be allowed to spend time in the water. In that way, you’ll prevent him from overheating and help him hydrate the skin. However, no Frenchie should be taken to swim without using French bulldog life jackets. They will prevent a dog from drowning thanks to floating panels on both sides. The following French bulldog life swimming jacket features reflective stripes and a practical handle. It can serve as a sort of support to the owners who want to easier maneuver with a dog in the water.
Summer-cooling vests are made of special heat-resistant fabric that helps a dog to deal with high temperatures. It should be worn wet, by previously soaking it in cold water. The fabric will gradually start to dry, so you can repeat the process as needed.
What to do if you think that your Frenchie is going through a heatstroke?
Since heat stroke is an alarming condition, you must react quickly in order to help your dog. The first aid includes pulling the dog’s tongue to help the dog’s breathing. Their elongated soft palate can close the airway, so the dog may start to breathe heavily. His heart will beat faster, so you need to pull his tongue out for 10 seconds.
Hose your Frenchie down with cold water and place him to a cooling bed or tiles. Don’t push him to drink water if he doesn’t want. Gradually splash the dog with cold water but do not use the ice-cold water. Ice-cold water will be a sort of shock for your pet, so don’t panic and perform cooling-off step by step.
A normal dog’s body temperature should be between 101-102 degrees. Therefore, to make sure that you successfully helped your pet, I advise you to try measuring the rectal temperature. Your pet will be safe when his body temperature lowers to 103 degrees.