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Bulldog + Heat + Exercise?

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My bulldog Lucy is having a tough time with this heat. We are walking the pups a short distance, 10-15 minutes in the evening when its cooled off some. She's still having a rough time. We walked her 1.5 hours ago, she's still breathing a little heavy. Granted our house is a little warm, AC will be looked at tomorrow, but its still taking a while to recover. We're trying to manage weight but I feel bad for her trying to recover from.the heat AND she looks forward to the walks, so she might get sad if we just took the other pup and she stayed home. WWYD? Keep doing what we're doing? Or only take her out for potty breaks in the summer?
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Re: Bulldog + Heat + Exercise?

  • Is there any way you can take her first thing in the morning? We don't get real hot here, but our foster gets too hot on late evening walks. If we got first thing in the morning (between 5 and 7) she's just fine.
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  • I don't have the bennefit of a/c, and today was the first really hot day. all 5 of mine are acting like they're dying, even with bowls of water, ice cubes, and frozen konngs
  • image KatelynS07:
    Is there any way you can take her first thing in the morning? We don't get real hot here, but our foster gets too hot on late evening walks. If we got first thing in the morning (between 5 and 7) she's just fine.
    I guess I could do this. I've been thinking about doing this as an extra walk, rather than "instead of" but that make sense.
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  • Brachycephalic breeds are the worst with the hot weather.  I would really limit her outside activity.  I've seen too many come in with heat exhaustion, not able to breathe & in need of a tracheostomy. 
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  • You can press a cold compress (or ice pack over a towel) over the bald part of her belly and also wet around her neck area to cool her down more quickly.

    I'd also recommend the majority of walking early in the morning before the heat/sun comes up. I have a big hairy saint bernard and he gets most exercise in the morning and then late in the evening, usually as the sun is setting. I try to minimize the amount of time he is outside during the hours of 8am to 8pm.

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