• An Important Reminder About Bulldogs and Heat

    Spring is here and summer is right around the corner so I wanted to remind everyone about keeping a close eye on their bulldogs in the heat. I know some of our members are still shivering in the cold, but it won't be long before temperatures increase, creating a potentially dangerous environment for your bulldog!

    We are all aware that bulldogs do not do well in the heat but I think few of us understand how quickly things can happen.

    As many of you know, I lost my 6 year old bulldog, Bentley, last summer. Although we did not have an autopsy performed, his death was likely due to heat. It wasn't a terribly hot day in Arizona, only around 83 degrees, no humidity and my husband let Bentley out into the backyard. For reasons I will never know, Bentley never came back to the door as he had at least 10,000 times before. We found him laying in a pile of leaves on our patio. Roughly 40 minutes from the time he was let out, Bentley was pronounced dead at the emergency vet's office.

    It was only 83 degrees. There was no humidity. There was plenty of shade. It was only about 20 minutes. He had gone out and come back in SO many times before - without any trouble. He was perfectly healthy. Then he was gone.

    Please, please don't let it happen to you. I always considered myself a knowledgeable and responsible dog owner and fully understand the dangers heat pose to bulldogs but I did not know it could happen that quickly, with so little warning.

    If you let your bulldog out in the summer, go out with them, watch them, go inside only when they are finished. If you are outside with your dog, bring water, bring a cool rag, make sure they stay in the shade. Do not walk your bulldog in the heat, they absorb heat through their pads. Do not let your bulldog sunbathe unattended, even for a short period of time.

    Remember, if your bulldog does overheat, you MUST act quickly!

    These are the signs to look for:

    * Your bulldog will begin to "heave" as he pants
    * He will begin to "roar" - best described as sounding like severe asthma
    * He will begin to look tired and distressed
    * His tongue will be very floppy and very red or purple in color
    * His body temperature will rise
    * His airway will swell and his throat become full of white foam (caused through the excessive panting)
    * He will quickly become exhausted and will fighting for breath

    If you notice your bulldog is getting too hot, here's what to do:

    * Lower his body temperature: Always ensure that you have ice to hand during the summer months. Pour cold water over your dog, especially around his head, rub ice around his head and under his tail (around his rectum). If possible stand him in a cold bath and keep going with the ice until the breathing is less labored.

    * Clear the airway: Squirt some lemon juice (from one of those plastic lemon shaped bottles) into the back of his throat, he will hate you for it, but the lemon juice will quickly break up the excess foam and clear the throat. Do not allow him to drink a lot of water as this can cause him to vomit.

    * Keep him calm: Once you have reduced his panic keep him in a quiet place and keep a close eye on him.

    * If this doesn’t work then you need to get to a vet as quickly as possible - put a cold damp towel under him for the journey

    Please don't let what happened to Bentley happen to your bully.

    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      Thank you for posting this. We all need the reminder!
    1. kazzy220's Avatar
      kazzy220 -
      This is a good point to bring up as we have SO many new bulldog owners on here now with puppies .... this will possibly be their first summer with their bully.

      Thank you for revisiting a very painful subject for you ....
    1. LisaMarie's Avatar
      LisaMarie -
      As always ,thank you so much for such an informative article. I am gonna have my family read this also.
    1. Lucy-licious's Avatar
      Lucy-licious -
      Thankyou @sheshistory it must be difficult to revisit your memories but by doing so you will help so many others to realise the dangers summertime can bring to our babies
    1. TessaAndSamson's Avatar
      TessaAndSamson -
      Thank you for sharing, such a heart breaking story but important to share because I do agree that most of us don't realize that how quickly it can really happen.
    1. mamamia's Avatar
      mamamia -
      So sorry for your loss. Snooki is 13 weeks now and I will print this off and read it with the kids and thank you so much for sharing. I was aware of the problem, I was warned by my vet... but just to hear it from you makes it very real and it gave me a "good" scare. I will be extra alert...
    1. giasmom's Avatar
      giasmom -
      T hank you!! I too, am a new bullie owner.....Good to know....
    1. Rosiesmom's Avatar
      Rosiesmom -
      My eyes teared up when I read this story. How heartbreaking! I'm printing this article off as I type this and I'm going to read it to my family and leave it posted on our family bulletin board. I'll teach my little kids about heat stroke by using Bentley as my example. I am so sorry for your loss Thankyou for sharing your story, and know that Bentley is up there waiting to see you again.
    1. Bustersmommy's Avatar
      Bustersmommy -
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      Thank you so much for this info. We live in vegas which is very hot. It has only been low 80's so far. We did notice our lil guy laying out on the patio. NOW I WILL NOT let him out without being outside with him... We would be devistated for something like that to happen... we are new bullie owners also and read everything we can on him!! sorry for your loss

      thanks so much for the insight..
    1. kazzy220's Avatar
      kazzy220 -
      We were in mid 90s today and I refused to let them outside ...... if I let Maggie out she sneaks around to the other side of the deck where she is less noticeable and starts to sunbathe!!!
    1. lexterwayne's Avatar
      lexterwayne -
      Ya it's very deadly out here poor boys have to stay cooped up all day
    1. cowsmom's Avatar
      cowsmom -
      thank you for sharing this article. i do watch sarah when she goes out but not every minute and she has sunbathed for like 5 minutes before i make her come in but i will double think that now. makes you think
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      Thank you for such an important reminder... so sorry for your loss
    1. BrooklynStar's Avatar
      BrooklynStar -
      I am so sorry for your loss! I just got a new puppy and with the summer months approaching I am now sick to my stomach with fears that something like that may happen to my Dozer. Thanks for writing this article, you more than likely help save a bully's life by writing this for the whole internet to see.
    1. mcraven2's Avatar
      mcraven2 -
      Thanks for the information! And so sorry for your loss! This will help me since this will be our first summer with Gio!
    1. Sybil76's Avatar
      Sybil76 -
      I'm so glad you posted this. Being a new EB mommy these are things we need help on reminding us!! Thanks!!

      I am here: http://tapatalk.com/map.php?bezrtl
    1. sheshistory's Avatar
      sheshistory -
      No problem and thanks for the condolences. I was just looking for this to bump it as a reminder about bulldogs and heat. It happens so fast and I don't want anyone to have to go through what I did with Bentley...hopefully his life will save another dog.
    1. Molly1's Avatar
      Molly1 -
      New Bully Mom..our pup is only 9 weeks old~ was aware of this potential prob, but will also print out to share with family members. My heart goes out to you, so sad.
    1. sheshistory's Avatar
      sheshistory -
      Quote Originally Posted by Molly1 View Post
      New Bully Mom..our pup is only 9 weeks old~ was aware of this potential prob, but will also print out to share with family members. My heart goes out to you, so sad.
      Thanks @Molly1 - Molly is SO precious!
    1. LynnA's Avatar
      LynnA -
      So glad I clicked on this article. I knew they did not tolerate heat well but did not know the extent. I have a four month old and he loves to lay on the porch in the sun. I will be sure to print this for the family and keep a much closer eye on my boy! Thank you.
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