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Beat the heat! How to keep your dog cool in dog days of summer


It is so hot that my poor dog spends most of his day lying around, panting, in his fur coat. His biggest expense of energy is rolling his girth over, after which he lets out a loud sigh. As the temperature is creeping into the mid-90′s and beyond this week, I am starting to seriously worry about him a bit in my non-air conditioned very old hot house. I finally shut him in my bedroom which has a stand alone air conditioner and he perked up a bit (see above “after” photo) – here is his “before” photo: 



However, he hates to be alone so I had to let him out and now he is back to panting. I talked to some of my fellow dog-owner friends, and here are some tips on keeping your dog safe and cool when the temperatures are soaring:

  • Large breeds with heavy coats are most at risk for heat stroke, as well as short-nosed dogs, while smaller short-hair breeds fare better. Have your dog groomed and trimmed by a professional to eliminate excess fur.
  • Avoid exercising your dog during the heat of the day – stick to early morning and evening when the days get really hot.
  • Always bring water for your dog when you head out for even a short amount of time in the heat of the summer – there are special dog water bottles  (available on and portable dog bowls that make it easy to bring water with you.
  • There are also specialty items for keeping your dog cool, including water-filled beds, vests, and bandanas ( has a variety of items). My neighbor has a kiddy pool and he has trained his lab to sit in it to stay cool.
  • It’s ok for dogs to swim in swimming pools but take precautions, just like you would with children. Never leave your dog unsupervised in case he slips getting in or out of the pool, or overtires while swimming. Show him the stairs and make sure he is trained to use them. Also, don’t let him drink the chlorinated water, which can lead to bloating.
  • If you are leaving your dog indoors during the day, make sure the room is ventilated, there is plenty of water and the temperature indoors doesn’t exceed 80 degrees F.
  • It goes without saying to never leave your dog in the car in the summer, as any good dog owner knows.
  • Some of the signs of heatstroke are panting hard, staggering gait, rapid heartbeat, dazed look, listlessness, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and/or tongue and vomiting. If you suspect a heat-induced illness in your dog, gradually lower his body temperature by moving him to the shade or air conditioning, apply cold packs to his head, neck or belly, or immerse in cool (not cold) water, giving small amounts of cool water or ice cubes to lick — and then take him to the vet immediately.
  • Yes, dogs can get sunburned! The nose, ears and top of the head are especially susceptible. You can buy special dog sun block or children’s sun block works just as well.

5 Responses to “Beat the heat! How to keep your dog cool in dog days of summer”

  1. Jeannie says:


    My name is Remy. I am 7 months old. On July 26th, I was given to someone who was supposed to take care of me until my abusive owners could take me back. My owners used gauze to wrap around my penis, so I couldnt mate with their female dog Karma. They se…cured the gauze with electrical tape so tight, that it cut of my bladder and my penis. They also took an ace bandage and wrapped it around me so no one knew what they had done to me. They put a muzzle on me that was so tight, I couldnt eat or drink. It hurt my nose pretty bad. When I had a hard time peeing, the people taking care of me notcied why, and they cut the “bandages” off of me. When they did that, my entire penis fell out. They took me to the Vet and the vet said to keep me nice and clean, and keep it moist and help me put it back inside. The people taking care of me tried real hard to do just that. Well my injury started to bleed really bad, and I was getting weaker by the minute. The one kind lady helped me by wrapping her hands on me and stopping the blood. She took her shirt off and wrapped it around me to keep the blood stopped. Another lady called her vet and explained what happened. The people taking care of me raced me to the emergency vets office, where I got stitched up and some antibiotics. When they took me home to help me heal and start my new life with my amazing, and caring owners, the Altoona Police Department was there waiting for me and my brother Buddy. They said “dogs are replaceable.” They told the people taking care of me, that if they did not give me back to my abusive owners, that they would be arrested on the spot and charged with theft. The girl who paid for me to go to the vet, started to cry, because she knew I was in danger if I went back there. I know she loves me. I love her too, and I think I could have an awesome, and happy life with her. The people taking care of me said they will do whatever they can to fight for me and my rights. I hope you all will spread the word, about me, my brother buddy, and my sister karma, and help me get back to her. Please share this story, and get me back to the people who love me.

  2. Sharon Morin says:

    Please do not give Remy back to his owners!! How would you like to be treated like that? Laws need to be changed. Even giving abused children back to their parents is a shame. Animals have feelings too and they feel pain! Please get him back to the people who love him. His owners surely don’t. If they didn’t want him to mate, they could have had him spayed/neutered. These stupid people should be put in jail.

  3. smiller022@gmail says:

    Why didn’t the vet report this as a crime?????? THis entire story doesn’t make sense. If there was animal abuse the vet should have reported it. If not he/she was neglegent and should be brought up on charges. Did the owner/abuser pay for all the vet charges. Almost sounds unbelievable to me.

  4. wondering says:

    The vet should have reported this abuse to the proper authorities immediately, please give the name of this vet and phone number, he needs to be shut down and yelled at the freking moron. As for me turning a abused pet to their owners, when pigs fly

  5. Mad as H _ _ _ says:

    Can’t the ASPCA do anything to get this dog away from those people? I do believe that the vets should be more responsible. They sure charge enough.
    Some may think that animals are replaceable. When I had to place mine several years ago, I was told “You’ll get over it”. Well, it’s been 7 years and I’m still NOT over it.

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