Dog of Bordeaux (Dogue de Bordeaux) and heatstroke: prevention and treatment strategies

Dog owner question

"Hi! I have a Bordeaux Great Dane (Dogue de Bordeaux) named Goliath and I'm worried that he gets heatstroke during the hot summer months. I know this breed is particularly prone to this! What symptoms should I watch out for and what can I do if he gets heat stroke?"

Veterinary answer

"Hi! You are very right to take the risk of heatstroke seriously, especially if you have a Bordeaux Dog!

Heatstroke can be a serious, life-threatening condition, and large-bodied, short-nosed dogs like Goliath are unfortunately more prone to it.

Symptoms of heatstroke include very heavy panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, dark red tongue and gums, sweating, weakness, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you experience any of these symptoms, take Goliath to a cool place immediately and try to cool him down – for example, you could put wet towels on him, but never ice-cold water, as this can cause shock!

It is important that you see the vet immediately afterwards!

Prevention is key to avoiding heatstroke.

Try to limit physical activity on the hottest days, especially in the afternoon when temperatures are at their highest. Always provide plenty of fresh, cold water for Goliath and if possible, let him rest in a cool, shady place.

Also, it is important that you never leave your dog in a closed car, even in a shaded area or for short periods!

The inside of the car can heat up quickly, even with the windows wide open, which can cause heat stroke.

If you properly protect Goliath from heat stroke, you can hopefully successfully avoid this dangerous condition.

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But always have your vet's phone number handy in case of any concerns.

I hope this has helped and that Goliath has a calm, cool summer!"