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Warm weather tips for Frenchies

Friday, June 4th, 2010

One of the first things any prospective Frenchie owner needs to know is that they do NOT do well in extreme temperatures – especially heat!  Frenchies are a brachycephalic breed, meaning  they have been bred to have a normal lower jaw proportional to their body size, but they have a compressed upper jaw. While these smooshy faces are adorable, their health has been compromised to an extent to achieve their distinctive look.  Have a look at the comparison between the skull of a normal snouted dog and a brachy dog.

dog skull regular snout

dog skull brachy

BRACHYCEPHALIC DOGS ARE THE MOST LIKELY CANDIDATES FOR HEAT STROKE.

The upper airways of the brachycephalic dog compromises their ability to easily take in air. Under normal conditions the compromise is not great enough to cause a problem.  It is vitally important than an owner not to let the dog become grossly overweight or get too hot in the summer months. 

Dog-Heat-StrokeThe brachycephalic dog is an inefficient panter and therefore often a victim of heat stress.  A dog with a more conventional face and throat is able to pass air quickly over the tongue through panting. When a dog pants, saliva evaporates from the tongue as air is passed across and the blood circulating through the tongue is efficiently cooled and circulated back to the rest of the body.

In a brachy pup, so much extra work is required to move the same amount of air that the airways become inflamed and swollen. This leads to a more severe obstruction, distress, and further over-heating. 

cooling vestOne thing you can do to help your pup stay cool in the summer months is invest in a cooling jacket.  This is basically like wearing an ice pak as they play outdoors.  Two come to mind if you are willing to pay the $30-$50 for them -  Chillybuddy cooling jacket and  Cool K-9 Evaporative Cooling Vest

cooling bandana

 

Something is better than nothing, so for $6-$10 you can purchase a cooling bandana.  Obviously this will not provide the same relief and protection from the heat, but at least it is something.  With the bandana, you will need to be vigiliant in keeping it cool and providing an extra way for your dog to cool off.  Our girls like a plastic kids waiding pool.

Frenchies love to run and play and clown around.  They do not know when to stop to catch their breath.  It is our responsibility as their owners to make sure they are protected.

heat stroke

Birthday Celebration!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

birthday girls blogI can hardly believe the girls are a year old already.  To commemorate this important milestone, we had a little celebration for them in the back yard.  Have a look as the festivities… 

Abby felt so much better with the hat off, now for the ribbons...

Abby was not feeling the hat that day, but at least she was festive in her ribbons

Zoey did better with the balloons than Abby

Zoey did better with the hat, but tried to eat her ribbons

 

cake blogJen made them a cake, which brought back painful memories of wisdom teeth extractions and Gerber stage 1 puree beef and chicken.   The icing was cream cheese with shavings of dog treats on the top. 

 

We even had guests!  Rosie ventured out from her bedroom hide-a-way to be tortured by a party hat. 

I bet she is thinking she is too old for a party hat

I bet she is thinking she is too old for a party hat

Given she is the only dog with a snout, a profile pic was in order

Given she is the only dog with a snout, a profile pic was in order

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy was fluffy as ever and even had a bit of a “wardrobe malfunction” when she tried to run in the hat. 

Simiply adorable!

Simiply adorable!

Normally I can see past my nose

Normally I can see past my nose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ricky bday blog2So as not to be discriminatory to our feline friends,  Ricky was representing in his lounging style, complete with hat also.

 

 

The good part of the whole thing, nobody fought!  Okay okay, we cheated and took  pictures separately.  But at least nobody got the runs from the cake…