View Full Version : Heat: Fan vs AC

12th May 2014, 10:13 PM
What temperature is too hot for just a fan? I give my cavs plenty of water and I have a ceiling fan as well as a box fan for them.

Right now I do not have the money to run AC so that is not an option. I will have a window unit when it gets too hot but I am just trying to figure out when it would be necessary.


13th May 2014, 08:05 AM
Hmmm interesting question. My guess is that every environment and cavalier is different, but generally, panting with his tongue out even after no physical exertion is how we tell when Skippy is uncomfortable due to the heat. That and he gets off his bed and lies on the marble or hardwood.

13th May 2014, 08:15 PM
Yeah, that is true. I was more worried about what temperature it can actually start to hurt them. I've been uncomfortable the past few nights but I'll survive. I just have to balance their/my comfort with my current bills.

14th May 2014, 01:18 AM
Found a couple of older discussions about what the appropriate indoor temperature for dogs should be, here (https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110605184600AAmi5Ly) and here (http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php/104986-what-is-too-hot-inside-house-temp-for-our-dogs). Don't forget to consider different breeds when reading the advice, but hope they help.

15th May 2014, 01:57 AM
I think that whatever temperature you, yourself, can tolerate, the dog will tolerate as well. Just don't have the dog running a mile or exercising too much in that heat, if it is not accustomed to it.

Thirty-four years ago, husband and I bought a really old, circa 1898, house during a heat wave. It had no air-conditioning, no insulation, no storm windows, was a wood frame/clapboard style and twelve-foot ceilings. Highs were 100F and lows were in the 80s. We had fans and nothing else. We actually looked forward to going to work in the mornings because the offices had air-conditioning! But I digress...

There was one room that had a small window unit air-conditioner. One night, we dragged the mattress into that room, along with our Irish Setter dog. The dog threw up and we had sore throats! We had gotten so accustomed to the hot nights that we couldn't handle the air-conditioning. So, the mattress got dragged back into our bedroom and the fan turned back on.:cool:

Air-conditioning has only been available in most homes for the past fifty years. My parents bought a new house in 1968 that had no built-in air-conditioning. Before that, nobody had it and dogs survived. Along with the humans.

15th May 2014, 02:37 PM
Yeah, I was thinking that would be fine as well. Just curious about another opinion. I was more worried because they are prone to heat stroke but I give them plenty of water and two fans.