At Crooked Star Bulldogges, Chris and I understand the importance of preventing heatstroke in Olde English Bulldogges. While we tend to think of a hot car as “the cause,” heatstroke can occur in various situations, it’s crucial to prioritize prevention and protect your furry friend. Learn how to keep your Olde English Bulldogge safe with these essential tips.
This is a great article title, “How Hot is Too Hot” from AKC.
What is Heatstroke?
It is important to remember that dogs cannot control their body temperature by sweating as humans do since they only have a relatively small number of sweat glands located in their footpads. Their primary way of regulating body temperature is by panting.
Heatstroke happens when a dog’s body temperature rises above a safe level. The normal body temperature for a dog is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Heatstroke results when the dog cannot adequately regulate their body temperature, and it rises to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Any elevated temperature greater than 104.0 can often result in multiple organ dysfunction. Every system in the body is affected by a heatstroke.
Recognizing Signs and Symptoms
It’s crucial to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heatstroke in Olde English Bulldogges. Early recognition can help you take immediate action and prevent the condition from worsening. Watch out for the following indicators:
- Excessive Panting and Difficulty Breathing: If you notice your Olde English Bulldogge panting heavily, with rapid or shallow breaths, it may be a sign of heatstroke. They may struggle to catch their breath and exhibit labored breathing.
- Lethargy and Weakness: Heatstroke can cause your Bulldog to become lethargic, weak, or disoriented. They may seem unresponsive or have difficulty standing or walking.
- Excessive Drooling: Heat-stressed dogs often drool excessively. If you observe unusually heavy drooling in your Olde English Bulldogge, it could be an indication of overheating.
- Rapid Heart Rate: Check your Bulldog’s heart rate by feeling their pulse. If their heart is beating significantly faster than normal, it might be a sign of heatstroke.
- Discolored Gums and Tongue: Heatstroke can cause the gums and tongue to become bright red or even bluish. Monitor their mouth for any abnormal discoloration.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea: In some cases, heatstroke can lead to gastrointestinal distress, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea. Keep an eye out for these symptoms.
If you observe any of these signs in your Olde English Bulldogge, it’s crucial to take immediate action.
Monitor Your Bulldog’s Condition
Regularly check your Bulldog for signs of overheating. If you notice any symptoms, immediately move them to a cooler area and take appropriate steps to cool them down. Contact your veterinarian for guidance if necessary.
Reacting to Heatstroke
If your Olde English Bulldogge shows signs of heatstroke, take immediate action:
- Move them to a shaded or cooler area.
- Immediately take their temperature rectally.
- If possible, place the dog in from of a fan.
- Offer cool (not cold) water to drink.
- Wet their body with a damp cloth or cool water. Pay particular attention to their paws, underneath each of the front legs, belly, and groin. Although cause needs to be use, but rubbing alcohol can also be used to help cool the body.
- Contact your veterinarian for further guidance and assistance.