5 Summer Wellness Tips For Your Bulldog

5 Summer Wellness Tips For Your Bulldog

It's summertime, and it’s getting crazy hot for a Bulldog so let’s do our best to take care of these guys.  The hot weather can be lethal.  Here are 5 quick tips to help you and your Bulldog enjoy this season and also keep you guys safe and healthy.

1.  Access To Fresh Drinking Water And Plenty Of Shade

Dehydration in dogs is a real. Always ensure they have access to clean water and shade whenever they go outside, even if it's for a little while. Also, refill their water bowls more frequently and carry water wherever you go.
If your Bulldog likes to sunbathe, encourage them to get into the shade every 10 minutes or so to cool themselves down.  Go out in the mornings and evenings when it's relatively cooler.
Critical symptoms of dehydration: 

  • Panting heavily
  • Dry gums
  • Drooling excessively
  • Wobbly legs
  • Displaying lethargy

2. Avoid Extreme Heat Exposure

Did you know that in only 2 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can jump from 80 to 120 degrees? So no, it's not just a quick run into the store. No, you can't keep the window down and leave them. Your Bulldog’s safety is more critical than that.

3. Protect Their Paws

The sun can cause surfaces made from wood, concrete, metal and loose gravel to become really hot. These hot surfaces can burn your pet’s paw pads and cause painful blisters. Test the surface by placing your hand on it. If it's too hot for you, it's also too hot for them. 

4. Make Sure Your Babies Are Parasite Free

One of the annoying things about summer is the increase in fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Keep your Bulldog from getting infested with pesky critters.  They can carry diseases that affect them and you. This is why flea and tick prevention is essential.

5. Bulldogs Are No Michael Phelps!

You can never leave them unattended. It's critical to keep a close eye on them while they indulge in water activities, even if you think they know what they're doing. Bulldogs for one are not known for their swimming abilities!

Last but not least, the most important tip we'll give you is simply pay attention to any signs of discomfort and quickly cater to them. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your Bulldog, please reach out to me!