article is dedicated to all those dogs, especially Frenchies who have suffered,
even died in hot weather. Some as a result of ignorance, others as a result
of carelessness by their owners. Lets' hope that it doesn't happen again!
By reading, and/or using the material on this page, reader or user
of this information fully understands the above and again agrees to utilize
this information AT HIS OR HER OWN RISK TO HIS OR HER OWN PET.
June Hicks WDBoxerClub. Australia
Past Puppy Chewie and his pal in California....
what a life...
stress usually occurs on a very hot day,
or on a moderately hot day following several consecutive hot days. Heat
gradually removes the body's reserves of sugar and salts, so that the longer
a hot period lasts the sooner the heat stress can occur, and little extra
heat is needed to set the heat stress off.
dogs absorb more heat than lighter dogs as they do not reflect the light,
but absorb it, so are more prone to heat stress. Dogs that exercise heavily
in hot weather are particularly at risk. It may occur if a dog is in an
area with restricted air circulation such as a closed car, crate, tent
dog's main ways of losing heat are:
through pads only, dogs do not sweat as humans do.
loss, through areas of minimal hair, ie belly, anus.
dog suffering heat loss is usually sluggish and reluctant to move. Respiration
is very rapid and the mucous membranes (gums,conjunctiva) are blueish.
The breathing is extremely labored, there is usually little salivation
and the dog may stagger, vomit or collapse. If the dog is not treated at
this stage it will die.
first priority is to cool the dog fairly rapidly. The most important area
to cool is the head and neck. The blood going to the brain must be cooled
to prevent brain damage and to calm the respiration. Turn a tap full on
to wet the dog thoroughly and keep the water running over him starting
on the head and neck. If you have ice, place some on the bridge of the
nose, very important with short nosed dogs, and on the sides of the neck.
the water flowing over the dog until respiration settles down. You can
wet the dog's mouth, but don't expect him to drink too much as he may be
incapable of swallowing, too much water can choke him.When he starts to
breathe in a less labored manner, turn off the tap and sponge him down
with wet towels. Too rapid a drop can cause brain damage. As the respiration
returns to normal, leave the dog sitting on a wet towel and give him a
little water. Take the temperature once the respiration rate is reduced
and keep cooling him until his temperature is between 39.5 and 39 degreesC.
Do not wrap him up
not place a towel over him as it will not allow the heat to escape
of Heat Stress
is of course better than cure.
Always ensure that your dogs have adequate shade and water. If he has to
be left in a confined area ensure that:
Ventilation is more than adequate
Shade is available
Water is always available
Puppies and older dogs are specially susceptible. If your dog is in either
category you should always leave a wet towel or newspaper in their living
you freeze a large dish of water it can be left to gradually melt during
the day. Leave a sprinkler going over a shed or direct a fan over the dog
to stir the air. If using a fan with puppies make sure the fan is played
over them and not on them.
In hotter weather it is a good idea to give your dog electrolytes to help
prevent heat stress. There are two very helpful additives, especially after
several hot days.
Bi-carbonate of soda is the main salt that is lost and is therefore the
most important to replace. Give large dogs one flat teaspoon daily (half
to small size) in the food, double in very hot weather. Dogs do not like
it in the water.
Electrolytes: various brands are available, the same dose as above.
If traveling in hot weather, in addition to the salts or bi-carb always
travel with plenty of ice and water, and if the dogs are at all distressed
place them on wet towels. The dogs will cool quickest through the feet,
belly and anus. Hot air rises, so do not cover them with wet towels.
in these circumstances give plenty of shade, ventilation and water and
a small amount of electrolytes and glucose.
that heat stress can occur on a relatively mild day, especially if it has
been hot for the previous days.
also it can kill!
in The French Bulldog.1993.England
dogs know what to do on a hot day.
their belly wet is always a good idea, for some of them anyway.
Even pregnant Frenchies
enjoy getting their bellies wet.
That is a preggers
Didi and her pool buddy Foxy
NOTE OF CAUTION:
Frenchies are not good swimmers and need supervision at all times.
To see our FRENCHIES and WATER page!!!
Herefor more Hot
Tips & Simple Measures
For Keeping Your Frenchie Cool