How To Keep Your Bull Terrier Cool In The Summer


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Summers bring a wide variety of concerns to responsible pet parents. Hot weather can cause discomfort for that special furry child in your life. Caring for your Bull Terrier's well-being during the summers will ensure that you both enjoy the summer season to the fullest.

As a caring pet parent, you are responsible for taking care of your Bull Terrier and keeping them safe and happy. It’s wise to take a few precautions and protect your furry companion during the summer months. 

8 tips to cool off your Bull Terrier in Summer

We are sharing a few best ways to keep your Bull Terrier cool. Keep these tips in mind and enjoy everything summer has to offer:

Keep your dog hydrated

Keeping your Bull Terrier hydrated is the most important thing you can do for them during the warmer months. Making sure your dog is properly hydrated will help them stay cool throughout those hot months.

Always monitor your Bull Terrier's water intake during summer and ensure your pet has plenty of water available. To prevent dehydration, dogs shouldn’t even go a day without drinking enough water. Make sure you always have a water bottle when going out with your Bull Terrier. We recommend buying one of these portable water bottles with button so your dog can easily drink water wherever you are.

Find some shade

The areas where Bull Terriers are in constant sunlight with no shade are not a great place to keep these dogs. Just make sure that there’s a lot of shade for them to take a rest in. Even if they are being raised in a hot climate, they need enough shade to be able to cool themselves off.

Watch your Bull Terrier's paws

Surfaces which heat up in the sun can be painful for your Bull Terrier’s paws. They can burn if the pavement is too hot. If in doubt, check for yourself. If it feels too hot for you to touch, the chances are your Bull Terrier’s thinking the same.

When you’re outside, try to be conscious of where your Bull Terrier is walking. Keep your pup on grass or in the shade as much as possible and make sure they have their breathable shoes on.

Never leave your Bull Terrier in the car

Leaving your Bull Terrier alone in a hot car can be fatal, even if your car is parked in the shade with the windows open. Bull Terriers can become distressed and uncomfortable and develop heat stroke very quickly.

Only take your Bull Terrier in the car if it is necessary, and never leave them unattended. Make sure you always have a plan, so your Bull Terrier isn't left alone in the car or any other enclosed spaces. Ensure your Bull Terrier has access to water throughout the journey.

Exercise your Bull Terrier at the right time of the day

The only way to safely exercise your Bull Terrier in hot climates is by taking them out early in the morning and later in the evening. When taking your Bull Terrier out on walks, it’s important to bring water for your furry pal. This Portable 2 in 1 container is perfect for the hot summer months! You can choose between a variety of colors and you also get one or two portable collapsible cups.

During the hottest part of the day, typically between 12 pm - 4 pm, make sure your Bull Terrier stays indoors and out of sunny areas.

Take a dip, but be careful

It can be tempting to encourage your Bull Terrier to swim, especially during summer. Be mindful that some places can be unsafe and might have algae and bacteria or strong currents that can be dangerous for your dog. Instead, try to find clean polls or clear, clean shallow streams where your Bull Terrier can paddle in briefly to cool off. 

If your Bull Terrier sees you having a great time near the water, they will be more inclined to join in. Since Bull Terriers are not the best swimmers because of their muscular constitution, it’s worth investing in a dog life jacket. We recommend this Double Support Swimming Life Jacket, but if you prefer a more trendy solution, this Bully Shark Swimming Life Jacket is the perfect solution since it's a great quality dog life jacket, but fashionable and cute at the same time! Your Bull Terrier will be a star while wearing it, we promise!

Try frozen treats for your dog

During the warmer weather here, your Bull Terrier mustn't get overheated. Frozen treats are a great way to keep your Bull Terrier cool in summer. They'll help cool your Bull Terrier off and help relieve boredom as well when your pup is cooped up inside.

Always spare a thought for the additives and high sugar content. You should give frozen treats in moderation to avoid excessive calories. Never put chocolate, xylitol, raisins, grapes, or alcohol in your Bull Terriers’ treats! Check out our complete guide on delicious summer treats for Bull Terriers

Give them enough space 

Giving your Bull Terrier enough space to lie down and stretch in hot weather is important. Don’t put them in crates or small areas where they don’t have enough space to move. They will overheat very quickly. On the super-hot days, it may just be better to keep your Bull Terrier indoors with the AC blasting.

Signs to look out for in your Bull Terrier 

Bull Terriers can live in tropical climates and live a happy, healthy, and full life. However, pet parents still need to make sure that they do not overheat or dehydrate.

If your Bull Terrier spends a little too long in the sun, it’s good to be aware of the specific signs and symptoms of dehydration and heatstroke. The most common signs of dehydration and heatstroke in Bull Terriers are:

  • Lethargy and reduced energy levels
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble standing up
  • Weakness and increased heart rate
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Trouble walking straight
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Very sticky saliva
  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive thirst and drooling
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bright red gums

If you notice any of these symptoms, then it’s important to act quickly. Take your dog to a cooler location and ensure that they drink an ample quantity of water. Also, use wet towels to cool them down. Ideally, an overheated or dehydrated Bull Terrier should be looked at by your vet as soon as possible.

Final thoughts

Bull Terriers are more than just a pet. They shower their human family with happiness and unconditional love. Taking a few steps to keep them cool in summer allows the chance to enjoy the unparalleled companionship of your beloved pet. 

Remember that if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your Bull Terrier. With a little care and a helping hand, your Bull Terrier will have no problem living in hot weather. 

Your Bull Terrier deserves only the best! 

Happy petting!