Summer begins on June 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. When I think about summertime, I think about going to the beach, parks, and outdoor barbecues. While these activities are fun for both us and our fur babies, the heat can be intolerable for our frenchies so we must take extra precautions to keep them cool. French Bulldogs tend to overheat more quickly than many other breeds due to many reasons such as compacted airways, stenotic nares, elongated soft palates, or even allergies. Since we are quickly approaching summer and temperatures are creeping higher and higher, I thought this would be a good time to provide some ideas for keeping our frenchies cool while still enjoying summertime activities.
First and foremost, it is a good idea to invest in a tent to provide your frenchie shade and keep them out of the direct sunlight. I personally use the ABCCANOPY Outdoor Easy Pop up Canopy Tent 6×6 Central Lock-Series, Khaki. This allows us to set up all our gear under the tent and have a place to easily get out of the sun if needed. Another fun idea is to use a sunshade such as the ZOMAKE Pop Up Beach Tent 3-4 Person, Portable Instant Sun Shelters Cabana Sun Shade with UPF 50+ UV Protection for Kids & Family.
Of course, it wouldn’t be much fun for our frenchies to stay under the tent the entire time, so here are some great cooling products to use to keep your frenchie cool:
Taking them for a swim will also cool them down, but we all know that most frenchies are not great swimmers so make sure you have a good life jacket such this one: Vivaglory Dog Life Jackets with Extra Padding for Dogs, X-Large – Pink.
Last but certainly not least, be sure to have plenty of water on hand. I always carry these Babyoung Dog Water Bottle, Portable Dog Water Bottles for Walking and Traveling, Patented Design with 3 Filters and Dust Cap, Outdoor Leakproof Water Bowl for Pets, Easy Clean (Blue) when on outings with Dozer, Molly, and Harley. You can refill them as many times as you like with any water source that is available and it filters the water for you.
We do not have to sacrifice summer fun with our frenchies, we just need to be extra diligent to keep them cool and safe. So, go to the beach, take them to the park, and go to that barbeque. Enjoy, have fun and most of all have a happy summer everyone!