Hyperthermia or Heat Stress is one of the most common conditions that can affect French Bulldogs. They typically have a hard time breathing and regulating their body temperatures because of their smooshed faces.
If you live in a hotter area, it is especially important that you be aware of heat stress in your French Bulldog. Heat stress can lead to heat stroke if left untreated.
What to look for:
- Excessive panting
- Signs of discomfort
- Blue or bright red gums
What should I do if my dog gets overheated?
PetMD recommends that you do one or a combination of the following to treat an overheated dog.
- Move to a cooler area; get indoors if you’re outside.
- Put your dog in the bathtub.
- Run a cool (not cold) shower over your pet, covering the whole body — especially the back of the head and neck.
- If you don’t have a tub, use a garden hose or small pool with cool water.
- Apply a cold pack to the dog’s head. (A packet of frozen vegetables works fine.)
- Massage the legs. (A vigorous rubbing helps the dog’s circulation and reduces the risks of shock.)
- Let the dog drink as much cool or cold water as it wants. (Adding a pinch of salt to the water bowl will help the dog replace the minerals it lost through panting.)
- If your dog is exhibiting any signs of heat stroke, get immediate veterinary attention.
Signs of heat stroke in French Bulldogs
- Glazed eyes
- Excessive drooling
- Rapid heart rate
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of consciousness