HEATSTROKE IN ENGLISH BULLDOGS / MINIATURE ENGLISH BULLDOGS
Heatstroke is something every
owner of a Bully breed (brachycephalic/snub-nosed) dog should
educate themselves on. As English & Mini English Bulldogs have
smaller airways & flater faces than most other breeds of dogs.
Any breed of dog with pushed up snouts like English Bulldogs and
Mini English Bulldogs have a tougher time in hot weather than
others. They will require extra care and precautions to make
sure they keep comfortable and safe from the heat.
It is not uncommon to hear
about someone who left their dog in a parked car, even for just
a few minutes, and came back to find them suffering from
Keep your English Bulldog cool
by using a cool spray bottle for outings. Cool coats, cool
collars, ice etc.
If temperatures are about
70-80ºF a car can heat up to 100ºF within minutes. If the
temperature is 85ºF and the windows are slightly open the
temperature inside can reach 102ºF in ten minutes and in 30
minutes it can reach 120ºF.
On hot and humid days the
temperature inside a car parked in the sun can increase more
than 30ºF each minute. That quickly becomes lethal since at
110ºF, most dogs are in danger of heatstroke.
However, the smaller breathing
system of the Miniature English Bulldog is what puts them at a
higher risk for heat stroke. Smaller airways mean less
possibility of cooling the air which your English Bulldog draws
into its body. Dogs do not sweat. Their only means of reducing
built-up body heat is by panting. The leading cause of heat
exhaustion, and its advancing into heat stroke; is leaving a dog
in a hot car, but there are other things that cause it like the
loss of electric in your home on a hot day while your at work,
ect . Even on a mild day (75-80 degrees), the temperature inside
a car can raise up to 130 degrees rather quickly. Leaving a
window slightly open will not prevent heat buildup.
The best thing you can do is
leave your English Bulldog breed at home when you go out and
expect to go somewhere where pets are not allowed, and the only
alternative would be to leave your Bully kid in the car. English
Bulldog dehydrate very quickly, so their water bowls need to be
refilled several times a day with cool, fresh water.
When you take your English
Bulldog outside to potty or walk during the day, be sure to
limit the amount of time you allow your English Bulldog to
remain outside, and make sure he stays in the shade as much as
possible when walking him. Also, closely monitor your English
Bulldogs breathing. If he begins to pant very heavily, that is
your sign to take him inside or spray him with cool water, let
him have a cold drink and rest for a while.
Your English Bulldog’s footpads
can be sensitive to the heat as well. Hot pavement can even
cause severe burns. For your Mini Bulldogs comfort, try to avoid
walking him on hot pavement. We all know what it feels like to
walk barefoot on blacktop in hot weather with the sun beating
down, not very pleasant.
Signs of heatstroke include,
among other things, excessive panting, fainting/ passing out, a
body temperature of 104-110ºF, very dark or bright red tongue,
seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, coma, and even death.
The first signs of heat
a) Excessive panting
b) The skin on the inside of the ears becomes flushed and red.
Heat Exhaustion can progress in to Heat Stroke, as indicated by:
c) Fainting - loss of consciousness
A normal temperature is between
101-102 degrees. A body temperature of about 104 degrees
or higher could be evidence for heat stroke.
If you think your English
Bulldog may be having a heatstroke. Heat Stroke is an Emergency
- Treat your English Bulldog / Mini English Bulldog NOW! Pull
your bully's tongue far out of his or her mouth to clear open
the air way. DO NOT try to force your Mini Bulldog to drink. His
swelling airways can cause any liquid he takes in to be
regurgitated and possibly aspirated into his lungs. However if
your Mini Bulldogs temperature is 105 or higher rub a piece of
ice on his tongue, 10 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Hose him down
with cool water - not cold. Apply an ice pack to him, and soaked
towels or any other form of fabric to his body. Use cool water,
not ice water, to cool your English Bulldog. Be careful not to
use very cold water as that will cause constriction of your
English Bulldogs blood vessels and slow down cooling. Place your
Bulldog in a tub of cool, running water or spray him with a
hose, being sure the cool water contacts the skin and doesn't
simply run off the coat. Thoroughly wet the belly and inside the
legs. In extreme cases use an ice pack under the neck and front
leg pits. Take a rectal temperature if possible to know when to
stop cooling. A safe temperature to stop the cooling
process is below 103.
help your Bulldog handle the heat this summer, take him/her with
you in places with A/C . If you won't be in A/C keep him at home
and NOT in a hot car. Make sure he has a steady supply of cool
fresh water, shade, decrease his amount of exertion, and try if
possible to walk him and do any training in the cooler times of
the day. When on outings using a cool spray bottle and cooling
products such as cool coats, cool collars, ice etc.. Following
these simple steps will ensure that your Miniature English
Bulldog has a happy, healthy summer.
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