People often think that dogs are capable of living outside and sustain all weather conditions. Well, the truth is quite different. However, when we talk about how french bulldogs act in cold weather, you need to be very cautiously. Before getting a frenchie, you need to know that they're not outside dogs! In other words, frenchies are prone to dehydration and hypothermia. It means that every dog deserves a warm crate in winter and a cozy shadow in summer.
Why French Bulldogs can’t stand extreme weather conditions?
French bulldogs are dogs whose bodies lose heat faster than they can produce it. Unlike mountain dogs, frenchies don’t feel comfortable being outside for a long time in winter. The similar rule applies to the summer. Frenchies are more prone to dehydrate in hot weather because of having shortened nostrils. Since French Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs, they have elongated soft palates. In other words, their tissue between nose cavities and mouth covers the throat more than it should. That’s why they’re prone to suffer from allergies and breathing issues. Whether you’re taking your Frenchie outside in summer or winter, you need to keep in mind the following things.
As we previously mentioned, french bulldogs can’t stand too warm or too cold weather. They can easily become dehydrated in summer or catch a cold in winter. Hypothermia may turn out to be fatal to them and most occurs older dogs or poor in circulation. In some severe cases of hypothermia, a dog can even show the symptoms of weakness, stiffened muscles, and low rate heartbeat. To prevent these conditions, you may consider taking your frenchie in a few short walks. He should be taken out in a potty time. Small dog breeds are more prone to act sensitively in cold weather. A french bulldog in cold weather conditions may often start shivering very easily. To keep them warm, you may consider buying him a cozy winter jacket, vest or sweater. If your Frenchie’s feeling cold outside, then he may also start holding up a leg while walking. In other words, every dog owner should be familiar with a dog’s ability to sustain cold weather. Sometimes, regardless of which breed your dog belongs, he may act according to his physical possibilities.
1. Avoid street salt
French bulldog owners should especially be cautious about street salt in winter. It can hurt your frenchie’s sensitive paw skin and lead to bloody wounds. Cleaning your Frenchie’s paws after every going for a walk is highly preferred. You can do that by using a wet and warm towel, and wet wipes. Using different paw balms is also recommended since they soothe the skin of your dog’s paw. Petroleum jelly and Vaseline may also be the first aid to your dog’s cracked paws.
2. Nail trimming
Nail trimming is highly recommended in winter conditions. French bulldog in cold weather, especially if there’s ice outside, needs to have trimmed nails to escape sliding. Sudden ice sliding may quickly go wrong and hurt Frenchie’s bones and muscles. We recommend that older dogs should be under special custody while going outside in winter. By keeping your frenchie’s nails trimmed, you’ll improve traction on slippery grounds.
3. Paw protection
Dog sneakers or boots may also be a great solution for keeping his paws warm and safe. However, we all know that some dogs simply don’t feel comfortable while wearing them. If your french bulldog is not such a huge fan of wearing boots, we prefer you to buy some lighter in weight. Boots will not only keep your frenchie’s paws warm but will also make him the most famous dog in the neighborhood. ;) Taking a french bulldog in cold weather outside might look advantageous, but wearing dog shoes will make him more comfortable. Wearing dog boots also seem much easier than cleaning your Frenchie’s paws every time you get back from outside.
4. Avoid leaving your frenchie alone in a car
Leaving a French Bulldog in a car during cold weather conditions is not recommended at all! The same rule applies in the summer. Since the car temperature can quickly increase or decrease, your Frenchie may easily dehydrate or freeze.
5. Keep your Frenchie’s weight in normal
We all know that French bulldog in cold weather conditions can easily become obese. That often happens due to restricted outside activity and a few extra holiday treats. You probably haven’t heard, but more than half of dogs in the world are overweighed. Obesity makes significant stress on the body and makes our muscles suffer. Not only in people, but also dogs, obesity burdens the heart and lead to some other issues.
6. Beware of winter chemicals
Winter chemicals such as anti-freeze can be life-threatening to your dog. Since it is sweet tasted, anti-freeze seems to be very attractive to your pet. However, even the small amount of it can cause death. As a better choice, always consider buying a pet-friendly anti-freeze.
7. Make sure the water is not cold
Like humans, dogs can catch a cold too. They can also suffer from a sore throat if the water they drink daily is too cold. You always need to make sure that water in a dog bowl is placed at a warm spot in the house.
It’s a fact that taking a French Bulldog in cold weather might sound challenging. However, all French Bulldog owners should keep in mind to listen to their four-legged friends’ characters and needs. In the end, all previously mentioned facts don’t mean your dog shouldn’t have outside activities. The only thing you need to do is to consider all our tips and to provide him with a great indoor activity as well.
French Bulldog Rescue organization also listed their tips on holiday safety for french bulldog, check it out here.