Signs of Heatstroke in French Bulldogs

Heatstroke in French Bulldogs can be silent but deadly. Learn about the subtle signs of heatstroke so you can know when to tell your Frenchie to chill.

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last updated November 04, 2019

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Heat Stress

Heat stress in French Bulldogs is one of the most common conditions affecting the breed. Due to their smushed faces, they typically have a hard time breathing and regulating their body temperatures.

If you live in a hotter area, it’s even more important that you’re careful of heat stress in your French Bulldog.

If left untreated, heat stress can eventually lead to heat stroke.

Common causes of heat stress and heat stroke

  • Leaving your dog in the car on a hot day
  • Forgetting to provide shade when outdoors

Symptoms of heat stress in French Bulldogs

  • Excessive panting
  • Signs of discomfort
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blue or bright red gums

What should I do if my dog is overheated?

According to PetMD, these are some of the steps you should follow to treat an overheated dog.

Frenchie in the pool
Frenchie in the pool

  1. Move to a cooler area; get indoors if you’re outside.
  2. Put your dog in the bathtub.
  3. Run a cool (not cold) shower over your pet, covering the whole body — especially the back of the head and neck.
  4. If you don’t have a tub, use a garden hose or small pool with cool water.
  5. Apply a cold pack to the dog’s head. A packet of frozen vegetables works fine.
  6. Massage the legs. A vigorous rubbing helps the dog’s circulation and reduces the risks of shock.
  7. 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.

Signs of heatstroke in French Bulldogs

If your dog is exhibiting any signs of heatstroke, get immediate veterinary attention.

  • Glazed eyes
  • Excessive drooling
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness

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