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louisa 01-15-2013 01:45 AM

Am I pushing my GSD too hard? How much heat can she handle?
 
So, I have a german shepherd. She's medium to long hair.
We're in South Australia and my dad likes to walk her through the bush, but he likes to walk when its hot.
It's around 35 degrees, which is 95 farenheight. He'll walk her in that sort of heat and over for about an hour.
The bush is more a hike, it's got hills and all that.
Although she's been walking that track all her life, she's getting old and reaching 8 years old soon.

I literally just can't stop the dog from going, because my dad encourages her and she doesn't understand that she cant handle the heat for that long.

Will she get heatstroke? Or can she handle the heat? Please help.

Mrs.K 01-15-2013 02:02 AM

Keep her hydrated.

louisa 01-15-2013 02:06 AM

No one?

louisa 01-15-2013 02:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Mrs.K (Post 2740906)
Keep her hydrated.

Is that really all I have to do?

vicky2200 01-15-2013 02:09 AM

I wouldn't do it. 95 is pretty hot for a young dog to take a stroll.

Mrs.K 01-15-2013 02:18 AM

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Originally Posted by louisa (Post 2740922)
Is that really all I have to do?

Just google how to recognize a heat stroke, print it out and give it to your father :)


Dog Heatstroke Survival Guide

Heat Stroke | Dog Heat Strokes | Canine Heat Stroke Information

Recognizing and treating heat exhaustion in dogs.

http://dogs.about.com/od/dogandpuppy...heatstroke.htm

Anubis_Star 01-15-2013 03:36 AM

I won't take my dogs out until late evening in the summer.

I work in the foothills of Colorado, I have seen young labs come in dead from heatstroke in 90-95 degree weather after going on long hikes. No way would I risk it with a breed that has a thick double coat.

Plenty of water and rest, sticking to shade as much as possible is the best advice I can give other then don't do it. It's irresponsible, IMHO

Benny 01-15-2013 06:11 AM

To hot. To easy.


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Dainerra 01-15-2013 07:09 AM

if she is acclimated to the heat and he knows what to look for as far as heat stroke, then I wouldn't worry as much. As you said, she wants to go. Does he amble along as he walks? Or does he hike like it's a military drill? That also makes a huge difference.

Mrs.K 01-15-2013 07:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Dainerra (Post 2741306)
if she is acclimated to the heat and he knows what to look for as far as heat stroke, then I wouldn't worry as much. As you said, she wants to go. Does he amble along as he walks? Or does he hike like it's a military drill? That also makes a huge difference.

Ditto.

She's turning eight. Sounds like she's been doing it for quite a while now and is accustomed to the heat. She hasn't had a heat stroke yet.

Like I said, make sure she stays hydrated, print out the heat stroke information and you are good to go :)


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