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25th June 2009, 01:38 PM
Ellie is 2 and a half and really hates the hot weather:( ..She pants a lot. We take her out early , and she loves her walks , but we keep her in when it gets hot. We have the air con on in the car , and I am freezing:cool:.....
I have owned many other breeds of dogs and never experienced a breed that dislikes the heat so much. Ellie is perfectly fit and healthy and we love her to bits. How do your dogs cope with the heat?? and apart from the obvious like cooling them down with water, and fans , how do you keep your dogs from panting......

25th June 2009, 03:30 PM
Of my three Cavaliers, only Casey detests the heat. She pants and simply does not like to go out when it's hot. Once she starts panting there is virtually nothing I can do to cool her off. I took her to the beach last month and I had to take her back home after 10 minutes b/c I literally thought she was going to have a heat stroke. It's very sad that I can't take her anywhere in the summer. She is a tri, very hairy, and mainly black. Although my black & tan has no trouble, although he has a thin coat. Casey also has the shortest snout, so I think that has a lot to do with it. Ollie has a long nose, and Winston just has a big ol head.

Kizzys Mum
25th June 2009, 03:31 PM
We have cooling bandanas for ours (http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product_group.asp?dept_id=4&pg_id=282 or http://www.traininglines.co.uk/cool-it-cooling-bandanna-3414-0.html). They do expand quite a bit and become quite heavy, but seem to work well. Kizzy and Zara are "medium" size - pink for girls and blue for the boys!

25th June 2009, 03:43 PM
This is so relative with the heat and humidity we have here. Panting-well that's their mechanism for cooling down and it's not very efficient. Short nosed breeds are more reactive to the heat along with very young and very old dogs. I watch mine like a hawk and when I notice them getting too warm they are in the house immediately. Always have lots of cool water and I limit how often they go outside. I would say mine can tolerate our cold winters better than they can tolerate over 80's. My two older ones I have clipped shorter for summer-one, a golden retriever-and the golden heads for the basement when she gets too warm.

25th June 2009, 05:00 PM
Archie loves the heat,hes allways outside sunbathing.

25th June 2009, 05:26 PM
Mindy used to love the heat. As she has gotten older I notice she often prefers to be inside in the A/C rather than out with us when the weather gets hot. Her coat is not that thick and her colouring is about 1/2 and 1/2. She has lost some weight since last summer and I've noticed that seems to have helped a bit. I think the heat is going to bother Max though. His dark coat seems to absorb it more and he's visibly less hyper when it's hot outside. They are both out soaking up the rays on the deck right now though and I'm inside with the a/c!

25th June 2009, 06:34 PM
Riley has a very difficult time with the hot weather. He is 2 1/2 yr. B&T. He has never liked it and pants quite a bit even when it is not that hot. I take him out early or later after the sun goes down but I do worry sometimes about his excessive panting.:(

25th June 2009, 07:28 PM
Jasper does`nt particularly like the heat and does`nt sit outside unless I go out and he might join me for a while, I do worry that the heat will be to much for him with his MVD but he always goes out in the morning early and I miss out the afternoon walk at the moment, leave the doors open when I`m home and hubby has just got the floor fan down from the attic but guess what Jasper is not sitting in front of it, oh well we tried.:)

Kate H
25th June 2009, 10:15 PM
Having had all four colours, I find that my ruby and B/T are/were much more affected by heat - and a heavily marked Tri would probably be the same. I suppose all over red and black absorb heat, while the white on blenheims and tris reflects heat away. In hot weather my two are just grounded, except for some training early in the morning and an occasional evening walk. Apart from being uncomfortable for the dogs, coping with heat can put a lot of strain on their hearts - especially if air quality is poor.

Kate, Oliver and Aled

26th June 2009, 01:05 PM
After 10 minutes of walking in the heat, Sasha slows down to a crawl, and pants like crazy. Then she sits in the house and pants for a while afterwards. Therefore, walks are scheduled very early or just before dusk.

It's frustrating because there are so many nice things to do in the summer with her, but of course they involve the outdoors. We feel so bad leaving her home when we're out for the day, but we really have no choice. :(

26th June 2009, 03:37 PM
Anastasia's the same way, she's very sensitive to the heat. after just a walk around the block she acts like she's got heat stroke and when she comes inside to the A/C she takes forever to cool down and is very uncomfortable.
I don't know what it is, she's a ruby, but my English Cocker is a tri with mostly black and he could would stay outside with you all day. maybe it is the short nose.....

27th June 2009, 01:08 PM
What temperature range are we talking about?
In Maryland, we have already had a few 90 degree F days (with high humidity).
Charlie walks like an old man when the temps hit 85 or so.
At 90..... Forget about it! He walks a few feet and then stops.
It takes me forever to get him to finish his walk.

Brenda in SC
27th June 2009, 09:22 PM
Good to know I'm not the only one. I have been getting up at 6:30 am to walk Rudy early since the temps aren't dropping in the evening til really late at night. And the last few mornings, he's sitting down before we even get down the driveway. I've decided a few days off schedule aren't going to hurt him. When our weather breaks (it is 101F today), we'll start back again. Our deck was so hot this afternoon, I had to carry him to the grass otherwise his poor little tootsies would've burned.

It's just too hot to do ANYthing today! :cool:

27th June 2009, 09:32 PM
none of my four girls is happy weith warm/hot weather.
i bought them cooling vests, have not used them very often yet, but they seem to be doing my cavaliers good.


28th June 2009, 01:51 AM
What temperature range are we talking about?
In Maryland, we have already had a few 90 degree F days (with high humidity).
Charlie walks like an old man when the temps hit 85 or so.
At 90..... Forget about it! He walks a few feet and then stops.
It takes me forever to get him to finish his walk.
Low to mid-80's.
I'm laughing at your "old man" comment, because Sasha does the same thing, and it reminds me of my grandmother (RIP)! We were walking one day in the heat, and someone asked me how old she was!

28th June 2009, 07:39 PM
we were at a rally-o competition today, all day.
the tepmerature was abround 80-85, but my girls were really comfortable wearing their cooling vests. they could not weat them in the ring, but that is only 3-4 minutes, anyway. the rest of the time they had them on, and were visibly comfortable and relaxed.

they also have cooling pads in their crate in the car, which makes traveling much easier.

29th June 2009, 01:32 AM
I've never heard of a cooling vest.
How do they work and can you reccommend one?

29th June 2009, 07:17 AM
have a look here:

i can highly recommned them. they look a bit funny on the dog, but they work!

Kate H
29th June 2009, 12:33 PM
Apologies for a long post, but this was posted on another (obedience) forum I belong to, but had no internet link. It taught me a few things I didn't know and I thought others might find it useful.

Dog Heatstroke Survival Guide
Know how to treat and prevent this dangerous condition.
Robert Newman

What is heatstroke?
In simple terms, heatstroke occurs when a dog loses its natural ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs don't sweat all over their bodies the way humans do. Canine body temperature is primarily regulated through respiration (i.e., panting). If a dog's respiratory tract cannot evacuate heat quickly enough, heatstroke can occur.

To know whether or not your dog is suffering from heatstroke (as opposed to merely heat exposure), it's important to know the signs of heatstroke.

A dog's normal resting temperature is about 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Once a dog's temperature rises above 105 degrees, physiological changes start to take place, and the dog begins to experience the effects of heatstroke. At 106 to 108 degrees, the dog begins to suffer irreversible damage to the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart and brain.

If a dog is experiencing heatstroke, you may observe excessive panting; hyperventilation; increased salivation; dry gums that become pale, grayish and tacky; rapid or erratic pulse; weakness; confusion; inattention; vomiting; diarrhea; and possible rectal bleeding. If the dog continues to overheat, breathing efforts become slowed or absent, and finally, seizures or coma can occur.
The amount of damage a dog sustains when stricken with heatstroke depends on the magnitude and duration of the exposure. The longer and more severe the exposure, the worse the damage will be.

What to do
1 Pay attention to your dog. Recognizing the symptoms of heatstroke and responding quickly is essential for the best possible outcome.

2 Get into the shade. If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, move it into a shaded area and out of direct sunlight. Apply cool water to the inner thighs and stomach of the dog, where there's a higher concentration of relatively superficial, large blood vessels. Apply cool water to the foot pads, as well.

3 Use running water. A faucet or hose is the best way to wet down your dog's body. Never submerge your dog in water, such as in a pool or tub - this could cool the dog too rapidly, leading to further complications, including cardiac arrest and bloating.

4 Use cool - not cold - water. Many people make the mistake of using cold water or ice to cool the dog. When faced with a dog suffering from heatstroke, remember that the goal is to cool the dog. Using ice or extremely cold water is actually counterproductive to this process because ice and cold water cause the blood vessels to constrict, which slows blood flow, thus slowing the cooling process.

5 Don't cover the dog. One of the keys to successfully cooling your dog is ensuring the water being placed on the dog can evaporate. Never cover an overheated dog with a wet towel or blanket. This inhibits evaporation and creates a sauna effect around your dog's body. Likewise, don't wet the dog down and put it into an enclosed area, such as a kennel. Any air flow during the cooling process is helpful in reducing the dog's body temperature. Sitting with the wet dog in a running car with the air conditioner blowing is an ideal cooling situation.

6 Keep the dog moving. It's important to try to encourage your dog to stand or walk slowly as it cools down. This is because the circulating blood tends to pool in certain areas if the dog is lying down, thus preventing the cooled blood from circulating back to the core.

7 Allow the dog to drink small amounts of water. Cooling the dog is the first priority. Hydration is the next. Don't allow the dog to gulp water. Instead, offer small amounts of water that's cool, but not cold. If the dog drinks too much water too rapidly, it could lead to vomiting or bloat.

8 Avoid giving human performance drinks. Performance beverages designed for humans are not recommended because they are not formulated with the canine's physiology in mind. If you can't get an overheated dog to drink water, try offering chicken- or beef-based broths.

See a veterinarian
Once your dog's temperature begins to drop, cease the cooling efforts and bring the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your dog's temperature should be allowed to slowly return to normal once cooling has begun. A dog that's cooled too quickly may become hypothermic.

Even if your dog appears to be fully recovered, the veterinarian needs to check to determine if the heatstroke caused any damage to your dog's kidneys and liver. The effects of heatstroke can continue for 48 to 72 hours longer, even if your dog appears normal.

William Grant, DVM, a veterinarian for 20 years and former president of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, has treated hundreds of cases of heatstroke, ranging from mild to fatal.

According to Grant, the most common cause of death following heatstroke is disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (blood coagulating throughout the body), or DIC, which can occur hours or days after the heatstroke episode.

DIC can also be caused by pyometra or septicemia, but Grant says heatstroke is the most common cause. "Once a dog develops DIC, it may bleed in the thorax, abdomen, nose and intestine," Grant says. "Once the blood-clotting factors are consumed, there is an inability of the blood vessels to prevent leaking; the condition is almost always fatal." For this reason, follow-up veterinary care is essential following a heatstroke episode, even if your dog seems to be completely fine.

Prevention is the best medicine
The best treatment for heatstroke is prevention. Especially during the summer months, it's essential to be aware of the potential for heatstroke. Knowing the signs of heatstroke, and taking the necessary steps to prevent it, will ensure your dog can have a safe and active life year-round.

Kate, Oliver and Aled