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Petrisor Andrei

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How to Keep your Frenchie Cool this Summer

Cot

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the ground gets extremely hot during the Summer.

There’s gotta be a way your Frenchie can hang around outside without being toasted by the scorching hot asphalt, right?

Of course.

My Frenchie loves laying on her cot outside. It keeps her off the hot ground while still being able to bask in the sun.

They’re comfy, and she loves using it all-year-round.

Kiddie Pool

You may or may not know, but Frenchies are about as far from an Olympic swimmer as you can get.

Fans

There’s nothing like cranking a fan on max and blowing the cool air right on your face when it’s hot out.

Whether your Frenchie is inside or outside, fans are an easy way to keep their temperature in check.

Indoor Fans

Outdoor Fans

Shaded Areas

If your Frenchie is anything like mine, then they absolutely love to soak in the heat and sunbathe for what seems like hours

Just because it’s hot out, doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop, however, you’ll need to make a few accommodations.Pawhut Cot with Canopy Shade

Similar to the cots mentioned earlier, you can also find cabanas just for dogs! It’s like the cot, but with an canopy shade overhead.

These are a great option if you don’t already have a big umbrella or shaded area at home, and are much cheaper than those you’d find for us humans.

Hydration, hydration, hydration!

How to keep your Frenchie quenched

You’ll want to keep water easily accessible to your Frenchie at all times.

I personally keep a bowl of water outside as well as a few throughout my house.

Signs of Dehydration and Overheating

Early Signs

Heavy panting

Lethargy

Bright red dry gums

Thick drool (usually comes out of the side of your Frenchie’s mouth)

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Sunken eyes

Loss of skin elasticity

Severe Signs

Wobbly legs and trouble with balance

Noisy breathing (okay, Frenchies always breathe loud, but you should be able to tell when something’s wrong)

Uncontrollable peeing or pooping

Unwilling to move

What to do if your Frenchie is dehydrated

If your Frenchie is showing signs of dehydration, you’re going to need to cool them off immediately. If symptoms are severe, you should take them to a vet ASAP.

Bring them inside

Let them cool off in their pool

Use a cold, wet towel to cool them off

Don’t forget sunscreen

We aren’t the only ones that can get sunburnt. Frenchies can too!

If your Frenchie is going to be outside for extended periods of time, you should seriously think about putting some sunscreen on them.

At the very least, you’ll want to put sunscreen on their nose and ears as those are the most susceptible to sunburn. You can also apply it to their whole coat.

Time your walks

I’m sure we’ve all ran outside for a minute and left your shoes back inside.

Walking on burning hot asphalt is no fun. If you can’t walk barefoot on the ground or place your hand there for more than a few seconds, it’s too hot for your Frenchie to be walking on.

Signs it’s too hot for a walk

Place your bare hand or foot flat on the ground for 10 seconds. Does it start to burn? Then it’s too hot.

Do you notice your Frenchie is limping or hopping as they walk?

Tips for Summertime Walks

Walk on the grass as much as possible

Stay under shaded areas

Have your Frenchie throw on some shoes

Concrete doesn’t get as hot as asphalt (it still gets hot though!)

Sometimes it seems like we just can’t escape the heat. There’s definitely a fine line between “hot and nice” and “brutally hot and suffocating” weather.

To get around this, you’ll need to time your walks to be early in the morning or later in the evening. Sure, a short walk to go potty during the day won’t hurt, just keep it short and sweet.

Summertime Dangers

Summer isn’t all fun and games when it comes to your Frenchie.

That blistering heat can drain your Frenchie’s energy quickly and leave them trying to catch their breath.

A few things to keep in mind

Heatstroke

The ground gets really hot

Never leave your Frenchie alone in the car, especially during the Summer

Be careful around swimming pools

Traveling by plane is much more of an ordeal

Be careful of pests such as ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas

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