Heat Wave – how to help your English Bulldog cope
Hey Everyone, I hope you are all keeping cool with this heat wave we have been having across the UK. I can’t believe how hot it has been, and I have come to find out that my new home is a sun trap! Not only is it my first summer in this house, it is also a first for my pawrents and they are just as shocked as I am. My Mum is a sun bunny and even she is feeling the heat.
I took to my social media to ask for tips on how to keep cool during this heat wave. I got some great responses and thought I would share some of them with you.
I have been wearing my bandana constantly. My Mum takes it off me every couple of hours to wet it again and then it goes straight back on. I have the Go Fresh Pet Ice Cooling Dog Bandana from Pets At Home. My cooling mat is pretty awesome, but for some reason I find myself lying next to it more than actually on it.
Watermelon is an excellent treat for dogs. It is low-calorie (very important to an English Bulldog like myself) but packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. I found out watermelon is great for hydration (its 91% water) and can really help to cool your dog down. Of course, there are some precautions – make sure to peel the watermelon and remove the seeds. And like with all good things in life, moderation is key. Here is a video of me enjoying watermelon for the first time.
My pawrents got me a kiddies paddling pool from Sainsbury’s. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit suspect of it when I first saw it. My Mum had to lift me into it about three times but then I got the hang of it. Who knew it could be so much fun? The only problems with the pool were; 1) I wanted to eat it 2) I got a little over excited and 3) Our garden doesn’t have much shade so we have to wait until later in the day to use it.
We don’t have Aircon in our house at the moment (we just ordered one so hopefully it will arrive tomorrow), so we have had the fans going constantly. I am so excited about the Aircon though, as I feel it will make my overbearing pawrents stress a little less about me.
Ok this is a serious topic. Last night, just as my pawrents were about to go to bed, I went over to my Mamma and threw up a white liquid and then I was unable to breathe as I was frothing from the mouth. Luckily my Mum remained calm and squirted some Lemon Juice down my throat. This helped to break up the froth and clear my airways. My foster Mum had given my Mum this tip and I am so glad she did cause it was quite a scary situation. I would just like to say a special thank you to Bulldog Rescue & Rehoming Trust and to my foster Mum, Michelle for being there for us 24/7 for help and advice. My Mum called them at 10:30pm and they were happy to help.
Cold Bath (but not tooooo cold)
After my scare last night, my pawrents immediately took me upstairs and popped me into a cold bath. It’s very important to get the body temperature down, but you don’t want to shock the system. Bulldogs sweat through their paws, so my pawrents filled the tub ankle deep (my ankles) and then my Mum got in with me and she kept scooping up the water and trickling it round my neck. It’s important to cool down the blood flow to the brain so keeping a cool neck is vital.
One last thing before I sign off. Please be careful walking your dogs in this heat. The road/pavement is way too hot for our little paws. I saw some horrific photos of burnt bulldog paws. If it’s too hot for your feet, then it’s definitely too hot for us.
If you have any tips that I need to try, please comment below. I am always open to teaching my pawrents new tricks. I would also love to know if you have had any experience with using lemon juice to help your bully during a heat wave. Thanks for reading, and hope to see you soon.
DISCLAIMER: None of this is intended to be medical advice (I am just a Bulldog after all and not a qualified veterinarian). My pawrents and I are all still new to this Bulldog life and are trying to learn, so we make no claims at being experts in this or any other field.