Keep Your Pup Cool This Summer

As summer is quickly approaching, it's important to keep your dog cool during warm weather, especially if they're a breed with wrinkles like English Bulldogs, Frenchies, or Pugs. These dogs have difficulty regulating heat due to the excess skin around their face and body. Heat exhaustion can be life-threatening for any dog—but the risks are even higher for wrinkly breeds. Here we'll explore why it's so important to keep your wrinkly doggo cool in warm weather, and offer tips that can help you do just that.


The Risks of Overheating for Wrinkly Dogs

Wrinkly dogs are at an increased risk of overheating during warm weather due to their excess skin. This can lead to heat exhaustion, which can be serious and even life-threatening if not addressed quickly. Heat exhaustion in dogs can cause symptoms such as excessive panting, confusion or disorientation, vomiting, diarrhea, dark colored gums and tongue, and collapse. If left untreated, it can result in organ damage or death.

If you think your bulldog or pug is suffering from heat exhaustion, it is important to act quickly. Remove them from the hot environment and try to cool them down by spraying them with cool water or applying cool compresses to their body. Do not use cold water, as this can cause shock. Once they are out of the heat, call your vet immediately.

Although the idea that your bulldog or pug might suffer a heatstroke can be very scary, it is not a reason to avoid getting outside altogether. Getting outside and going on walks are very important for your dog's overall health and well-being. With a few simple tips, you can keep your furry friend safe and cool while also enjoying the benefits of outdoor playtime.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool

There are a few things you can do to ensure your wrinkly dog stays cool during hot weather:

  • Provide plenty of shade and access to fresh water at all times. Make sure the area is well-ventilated and away from direct sunlight.
  • Limit outdoor activities during warm weather - especially during the hottest parts of the day. Avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day, which is usually between 10am and 4pm. Instead, take your dog out early in the morning or late evening when it's cooler outside.
  • Use a cooling mat or collar to help your dog regulate their temperature.
  • Take your dog for regular baths or cool water dips in a pool to help them regulate their body temperature.
  • Take frequent breaks so that your pooch can rest and cool off in the shade if needed. You can also give them a cool damp towel to lay on or spray them with water from a bottle during breaks.
  • Dress your pup in light-colored and lightweight clothing when taking them outside during hot weather.
  • Use Squishface Wrinkle Wipes to wipe off excess sweat, especially between their wrinkles and folds. 

The Bottom Line

We've explored why it's important to keep wrinkly breeds like English Bulldogs, Frenchies, and Pugs cool during warm weather, as well as how you can do just that with some simple tips. If you think your pup is overheating, it's best to act fast and seek veterinary assistance immediately. By following these tips and keeping an eye on the temperature, you can ensure your pup stays cool and safe during warm weather.

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