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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hot Weather Care for our Dogs

This was actually suggested by one of our mods (so not my original idea).
I know we’ve talked about this many times before but it’s always good to have a refresher and we have many new members who can also contribute.

With all the hot weather everyone’s been having lately let’s talk about how we help our dogs cope with the weather and what precautions do we all take? How do you keep your dogs comfortable? Do you do/don't anything different in the hot weather for the dogs? Any special hot weather tips you've picked up and would like to share?

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 11:13 PM
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Its been in the upper 90's here in connecticut and when we get out, i always take this portable water bottle with me. It's really hot out here, so i always try to keep her hydrated. That and keep the a/c blasting.
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Bella has a pool for when she's outside. And I keep her in the AC from 2 to 7 which is the hotest part of the day. She will happily go in her kennel to cool off. I will be getting her a box fan for in front of the kennel when temps reach 102 up.

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I usually keep my dogs inside if it's really hot out and if they must be outside, since I don't have a kiddie pool, yet I'll go out and get them soaked with the hose. We also take walks in the early morning or dusk if it's cool outside. And I always carry a portable water container with me. and I never ever leave them in the car even if I'm just going in for a minute.


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We just had a 108 day a couple of days back. My boy has a box fan on his kennel and I put frozen water bottles in his water bowl to keep it ice cold.

We dont go out very much after 10AM and before 7PM. During the hottest parts of the day Brutus will go lay in front of the swamp cooler. Hes got the right idea
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I keep Arlo inside. If outside, he's got his own huge water bowl with ice kept in the shade of the garage.

Sometimes I'll spray him down with the hose..altho the girly doesn't like that too much
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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 07:49 AM
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very hot and humid in CT( today is supposed to be the hottest..

I have the day off, so I limit outside stuff, AC is cranked up, and we've been doing ALOT of swimming to burn off that excess energy.

My male aussie is black and not a fan of the heat, my female aussie Jynx, while doesn't do much running around in this heat, will actually go and lay on my deck in the hot sun,,(I make her come in!).. Masi, well nothing phases her, she's very dark, but that weasel would run all day in any kind of weather till she dropped dead I'm sure.

So finding things for her to do "inside", limiting outside, and we swim every day in the river

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Sinister is all black so he gets hot fast. If it is over 90 and humid I keep him inside with air conditioning and if I leave him at home while I am at work I have the air on and I put a standing fan in front of his crate to keep him cool. I make sure that he always has water. When we are outside we will go to a friends house and he will play with their dog and their kiddie pool or I hose him down.


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In the hot weather, our exercise is usually swimming at the lake or walking after dark (they like the swimming better). Since they are indoor dogs, they aren't ever left outside for extended time unless we are outside with them. A/C is on 24/7 now.
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