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blue_star
18th July 2006, 12:48 PM
Can anyone suggest how i can keep two fur babies cool at work.

I have taken them out and hosed them down with water using a very fine mist, i have put ice cubes in their water, they are in the shade with a fan going and i am trying to keep them as still as possible.

Any ideas what else i can do as Toby is still panting away heavily.

Mary
18th July 2006, 01:44 PM
I just read somewhere that getting them wet all over is not a good idea as the hair in the coat heats up and turns to steam on them...just cool water on their bellies to cool them down.

blue_star
18th July 2006, 01:46 PM
Ahh right ok, thanks for that.
I've sent someone out to get me a little mist bottle so i can give their tummys a spray.

This weather is nice but the dogs hate it.

Karlin
18th July 2006, 02:14 PM
You can also buy cool gel pads for them to lie on -- I've seen those before and people have said they are great!

Maxxs_Mummy
18th July 2006, 10:43 PM
Oh what a good idea, Karlin :D

Amy, it's been horrible here today hasn't it? Apparently one of the hottest places in the UK and all because we are down in the big dip :lol:

Tomorrow is going to be hotter!!!!!!!!

If you need anything from Wilsons or Countrywide for them then just PM me and I'll pop in and then drop it out to you.

You're doing the same as me with the ice cubes LOL I rubbed one on Maxx's belly earlier too and he loved it :lol:

Kingofthehouse86
19th July 2006, 04:54 AM
U kno i found these in my Drs.FosterSmith catalog:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=9441&rel=1 its a body cooling wrap

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=11111&N=2001+113843+113234 a cooling mat (its also on sale too)

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=12470&N=2001+113635 a different cooling bed

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=14550&N=2001+113234 last is a cooling bandana

blue_star
19th July 2006, 10:54 AM
Hi
Thanks Aaron (King). I love the bandana, i would be really tempted to get one although being in England this is likely to be the only summer we will get for the next 5 years as i expect we would be back to the 'old fashioned' summer which means rain. I wonder if a towel soaked in cool water would do the same job??

Donna - thanks for the offer thats so kind of you, i think we are coping at the moment. Only have one furbaby to keep cool today. Have been misting his tummy again, which really cools him down. I like the idea of ice on Maxxs tummy but i think Toby is too chicken to let me do it! :roll: Must go and make some more 'cubeys' for Tobys water.

Thanls everyone for all you suggestions

blue_star
19th July 2006, 12:10 PM
It must be hot today, Toby has no interest in eatting at the moment. Have also been spraying a fine mist of water into the flow of the fan in the office to cool the room down which seems to help.

Jen114
19th July 2006, 12:32 PM
Wow that sounds hot.....

We are used to the hot summers here in Malta so we are equiped thank goodness.. Aircon in all rooms etc... and we can not take her out at all during the day unless it is to go in the sea and when she gets out she sits in the shade.... but walks only at night it is tooo hot...

I know a few cavs with heart probs and they have to be shaved and not alowed out at all almost how sad aye!!

Claire
19th July 2006, 01:59 PM
I put a large bath towel in some cold water, get as much out and then put it on the floor - plus they have a fan on the table blowing down on them and all my blinds are shut.....

Maxxs_Mummy
19th July 2006, 02:23 PM
Oooh that's a good idea, Claire. I've just been laying on the kitchen floor rubbing their bellies with more ice cubes but Maxx keeps eating them as I'm using them :roll: :lol:

jeni
19th July 2006, 02:25 PM
I would LOVE :l*v: to know where everyone works, so that they are able to take their dogs with them??? icon_nwunsure I would LOVE to take my guys to work, but my job would never let it happen. (I work in the food industry ;) )
For those who do take your fur babies, you are very lucky... :flwr:

Maxxs_Mummy
19th July 2006, 02:38 PM
Jeni,

I don't work outside the home at the minute so don't need to take my dogs with me - we are home together all day long :D

blue_star
19th July 2006, 02:52 PM
I would LOVE :l*v: to know where everyone works, so that they are able to take their dogs with them??? icon_nwunsure I would LOVE to take my guys to work, but my job would never let it happen. (I work in the food industry ;) )
For those who do take your fur babies, you are very lucky... :flwr:
Hi Jeni,
I work in the transport industry, as long as the boys don't go into the warehouse we are ok, they stop in the offices or i take them for walkies on the field around the back of the warehouse.

Also the company i work for is family owned and the 2 dogs belong to the directors.

jeni
19th July 2006, 03:18 PM
Wow, I would be in hog heaven if we had dogs at work :lol:

Nicki
19th July 2006, 04:48 PM
We have some "sendaway" mats that are cotton on top, with wadding in the middle and waterproof nylon sheeting on the back...

I soak them before we put them in the car crate, the dogs lie on top and it does help keep them cool.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/TRPD%20items/IMG_0853.jpg

Mine came from here

http://petcraftproject.proboards24.com/index.cgi?board=sales

you need to watch out for them in the Flash and Grab sales, or can put in a request.

blue_star
19th July 2006, 05:16 PM
Hi Nicki - doesn't you pooch look posh sat on that lovely mat :D

Very adorable Ruby!!

blue_star
20th July 2006, 01:39 PM
Its a bit cooler here today. The dogs are a little happier.

I took Donna's advice yesterday and rubbed ice cubes on Tobys tummy, he adored it and keeps lying on his back for me to do it again! :roll:

Cathy T
20th July 2006, 05:12 PM
Sounds like it's unseasonably warm all over the world! Here in San Diego we have had unbelievable heat (for our particular area). We put a/c in the house a couple of years ago...for the dogs!!! I keep Jake's belly shaved, he's incredibly hairy and it seems to help keep him cool. I love the cooling mats. Also, I understand that wetting down their paws helps. I read something about this where there was a dog walk and it was really warm that day. They had buckets of water all along the walk to dip the dogs feet in.

Kingofthehouse86
20th July 2006, 06:23 PM
Here in NY its SO HOT..the a/c keeps the house cool but now i can't really take King outside 4 very long cuz its so HOT...so we try to play a lot inside.. I've come up wit a couple of games for King that are both fun and keep him cool...

1) Is a take a regualr spray bottle w/ cold water and set it to stream...then a shot a couple shot in the air...King tries to catch some other shots just land on him back and he really enjoys it...But I'm not using the bottle like discipline...its more like rain on him :lol:

2) Another one is I block the kitchen off and put a couple of ice cubes on the floor and King goes nuts trying to catch then and eat 'em

Also wat I've done for King is take a ice cube tray and fill it will either Chicken Broth or diluted Apple Juice and make cubes from that and King loves it...So much more then regalr water ice cubes

*Jenný*
20th July 2006, 06:54 PM
Sounds like it's unseasonably warm all over the world!

Huhh... not here. It look likes the summer has gone away from here :roll: It is onley +10...

Maxxs_Mummy
21st July 2006, 12:51 AM
Sounds like it's unseasonably warm all over the world!

Huhh... not here. It look likes the summer has gone away from here :roll: It is onley +10...

In that case then would you like three visitors (me and the dogs) for the next few weeks? I HATE this weather :swear:

In the winter you can just add more layers but i can't take any more off or I'll be arrested :yuk:

Cathy T
21st July 2006, 01:52 AM
Sounds like it's unseasonably warm all over the world!

Huhh... not here. It look likes the summer has gone away from here :roll: It is onley +10...

In that case then would you like three visitors (me and the dogs) for the next few weeks? I HATE this weather :swear:

In the winter you can just add more layers but i can't take any more off or I'll be arrested :yuk:

That's exactly how I feel. I can always put on more but there's only so much you can take!!

IanKyla
21st July 2006, 01:59 AM
Also, I understand that wetting down their paws helps.

This is very true, when I worked at the Vet's whenever a dog would come in with a heat stroke, we always spayed down the bottom of their feet with alcohol.

judy
24th July 2006, 09:30 AM
I just read somewhere that getting them wet all over is not a good idea as the hair in the coat heats up and turns to steam on them...just cool water on their bellies to cool them down.

thanks--i never knew that and i was just about to get in the shower with zack to cool both of us off. It's so hot here, has been for a few days, and seems hotter each day. I have two strong fans going in the living room where i spend most of my time in waking hours, and in the kitchen which is zack's bedroom, i have another oscillating fan going. After reading this thread i sprayed zack's belly and chest--is the chest ok? and also sprayed the bottoms of his feet. He seemed invigorated after that, wanting to play lots of fetch.

i dont' know if it has anything to do with the heat, but tonight, Zack who has been house trained for months, made a huge pee in the middle of the kitchen floor. :yikes :yikes :yikes Anyway, i think it was a pee. It had no odor at all but it was light yellow on the white paper towel. Anyway, where else would a huge puddle come from?

i think it might be because normally i leave the sliding glass door to the backyard open so he can go in and out at will, and the kitty too, but because of the heat i think there's a chance that there could be more wild animals coming to where people live, in search of water, and i think that squirrels, or some kind of animal in the trees, has been causing Zack to run outside and bark at night, so rather than give him the opportunity to do a 'bad' behavior (barking), i closed the screen door preventing him from going out. I guess he hasn't had to ask to go out in so long, he didn't think of asking. That's my theory. Even in the winter, i leave it open.

My neighbor called tonight to say there was a raccoon in her backyard. Our yards are adjacent and just separated by a fence. She said it had been up on the fence between our yards. she said she had heard it fighting with a cat. So, i think it's wise to keep the door closed. but i need to convey to Zack that he needs to ask to go out. I'll take him on walks more, that should help.

anyway, blaming it on the heat.

I was surprised to hear it was so hot in England. and just when i was thinking it was a world heat wave, i hear the report from Iceland that it's freezing.. weird planet...

i appreciate all the keeping cool tips and the keeping cool product info. i tried to get a wading pool today but couldn't find one yet, all sold out. But if it's bad to get them all wet, maybe that's not a good idea in this much heat.