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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping cool?

Quick question!
Atticus would sleep all day long in the car with the air conditioning on full blast as cold as it can go if he could. He immediately falls asleep whenever he finds an air vent or a fan. He will wedge himself in the passenger seat floorboard in my tiny car just to get his face in the air conditioning vent at your feet and will fall asleep in just about any uncomfortable looking position you can think of.
At night when he SHOULD be sleeping, he is up and down restless in his crate and panting because he's hot. I leave the fan on in my room and the temperature in the apartment is pretty darn cold. Cold enough to need long sleeves and leggings inside in the middle of Georgia summer. However, I cover 1/2 of his crate with towels because if it's not "den-like" he screams his head off. He's in his big boy crate so there should be some air circulation, right? It's a 48" and he's only 13 weeks old and 30 pounds.
My question is, do any of you use any type of crate fan or cooling pad to keep your fur babies cool? If so, what have you found to work the best?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 01:45 AM
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A frozen bottle of water might help. As the ice melts, he'll lick off the condensation, and chewing on the block of ice will help him cool down. That's what I do for mine. I'll be cold in the house and she'll be panting so I just give her the frozen bottle and she cools right down.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 06:06 AM
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Okay it is early where I live (6am) but I am confused when you "chewing on a block of ice" when the ice is inside the bottle?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 09:03 AM
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The frozen bottle is basically an enclosed block of ice, right? And as long as it's like a 1 liter bottle, the pup will be able to chew on it and cool down without getting giant puddles everywhere
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2014, 04:34 AM
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I love this frozen bottle idea. But I just wanted to check if it is safe for a puppy too? I'm a little worried Riley might bite through the plastic and cut herself or hurt her teeth on the ice. I am being silly?? (Thought i should check). Thank you Keeping cool?-imageuploadedbypg-free1412498059.978481.jpg
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