Given the upcoming warm days, it is good to know that the French Bulldog is among the breeds that do not tolerate heat. Therefore, we advise you to be careful and always keep one thing in mind.
This article is dedicated to all those dogs, especially French Bulldogs, who were injured and even died in hot weather. Some as a result of ignorance, and others as a result of negligence on the part of their owners. We hope this does not happen again!
Heat stress usually occurs on very hot days or on several consecutive moderately warm days. The heat contributes to the rapid or gradual loss of electrolytes from the body, so the longer the hot period, the more likely the dog is to receive heat stress.
Dark dogs absorb more heat than light dogs because they do not reflect light and are therefore more prone to overheating. Dogs that have strenuous walks or exercise in warm weather are also at risk. In addition, heat stress can also occur in dogs left indoors without sufficient circulation of fresh air, such as a car, trailer or box.
The dog regulates its temperature in three main ways:
- Breathing with an open mouth.
- Heat loss through the paws, but not like people’s sweating.
- Heat loss through areas with minimal hair cover, ie. abdomen, anus.
Dogs suffering from overheating are usually static and do not dare to move. Their breathing is very fast and their mucous membranes (gums, conjunctiva) are bluish. Breathing is extremely difficult, usually reduces salivation, the dog begins to stagger, is not stable, and vomiting or collapse may occur. If the dog is not treated at this stage, it will die.
What to do:
The first priority is to cool the dog relatively quickly. The most important cooling areas are the head and neck to prevent brain damage and calm breathing. It can be placed under running water, being careful where it pours. If you have ice it can be placed on the back of the nose or on the side of the neck. Leave the running water until the dog’s breathing calms down. You can also wet your dog’s mouth, but don’t expect him to drink too much water because he is unable to swallow, and too much water can choke him.
When it starts to breathe a little easier, turn off the taps and put them on wet towels.
Be careful! Too rapid a drop in temperature can also damage the brain
. When breathing returns to normal, leave the dog on wet towels and give him some water to drink. Measure its temperature and continue cooling until it reaches a temperature of -39.5-39 C.
- Do not wrap it in wet towels
- Do not put towels on the dog, this will not allow the heat to separate
- Remember, the heat rises.
Of course, preventing heat stress is much better than having to treat yourself.
1. Always make sure your dogs have enough shade and water. If it is to be left in a confined space, make sure that:
- there is sufficient ventilation.
- water is available
- there is a shade
2. Puppies and adults are especially sensitive to heat. If the dog is in one of these categories, you should always leave wet towels or newspapers in their place. You can also use ice cubes that melt gradually or a fan to move the air. If you use a fan in puppies, make sure it blows over them, not over them.
3. In very hot weather it is good to give the dog electrolytes to restore their loss more easily and to prevent heat stress. There are two very useful supplements, especially after several consecutive hot days.
Bi-carbonate soda is the main salt that is lost and therefore it is important to recover. Less can be added to the diet (for large dogs one teaspoon a day, and for small halves) The dose can be increased in very hot weather. Dogs don’t like it in drinking water.
* Electrolytes: There are various brands available.
4. If you travel in hot weather, in addition to electrolytes, always recharge with plenty of water and ice, and if necessary, you can put them on wet towels. Dogs will cool down most quickly through the legs, abdomen and anus. The heat rises, so do not cover them with wet towels.
Remember that in such circumstances you need to find good shade, with good air circulation and give electrolytes.
Remember that heat stress can occur on a not-so-hot day, especially if it was very hot the day before.
Remember, too, that heat stress can kill your dog!