Do your dogs have a hard time in the extremely hot weather? Both Daisy (the Shih-tzu) and Tyke (the Japanese Chin) have the flat faces, very short noses.
Daisy seems to pant and breathe loudly after she's been outdoors in the really hot weather. Almost like she is over-heating? I don't notice it so much with Tyke and was wondering if it happens to anyone else's short nosed dog?
I didn't notice it much before, but we've been having temperatures in the high 90's the past few days. When I bring her indoors, she lays flat on the floor, trying to cool down. She does have shade in her yard, but the air is so hot.
I've even thought of putting her in a tub of cool water, but don't want to shock her system.
We're bringing the puppies into the vet for their 2nd examination on Thursday morning, so I can ask her then, but just wondered if anyone else has noticed this.
I've always had the longer nosed breed (Labs, Basset Hounds, Terriers, ect) before and although they panted and their tongue hangs out, they don't make so much noise.
i have 2 bulldogs and they definatly can not do hot weather. when they run around outside when it is warm it takes them awhile to cool down.
i know with bulldogs they are to have limited outdoor time and exercise when it is real warm. when we know they will be out for a bit with us (walks, picnics, ect) we make sure there is a cool place/shade and also bring water bowls with us.
a spray down with the hose is also something my boys love....and their kiddie pool!
We have Pugs. Due to the short nose, their nasal cavity is unable to cool the air as they breathe like other breeds. Outside exposure should be limited to early morning and evenings, we have wading pools in every outdoor run, and are only out for short periods during the hot hours to potty then right back in. They need a cool house or air conditioning in the summer.
Same with my pug. Can't take heat at all. Even if she just goes out for a minute during the day to potty and right back into the air conditioning she is breathing hard and LOUD. She splays her legs straight out and lays on the tile to cool down too. Definately not good for them to be in the heat. I've heard they tolerate extreme cold well either, but seeing that it doesn't get very cold here I'm not sure if that's true.
I have the two French Bulldogs, I am in and out all the time, today it was in the 30's. Thats way to hot for any dog. I will walk them in this weather for short periods of time. If I wanted to go for a walk, I take them into the woods or I soak them down and then go out, but I still try to stay out of the sun (I hate the Sun and the heat). They do pant,Especially in the car going here and there (that always sends me into panick mode) but they are always well exercised, so there sytems are in good shape. They are kept thin. Carrying around any excess fat will make things harder for them. When I first got Leeza, she over did it and started to sway, and we were in the woods (very deceiving)We dumped a jug of water over her and all was better.She was hot but happy as hell. Right now Leeza is in my room in air conditioning, and Ozzy is right beside me on the couch where its hot(Hes not panting), he hasn't figured it out yet.
My former Pug Rocky could not handle the heat either. It is not recommended to let them play in the heat. Chloe, has a hard time as well. They should only get to go out to do their thing & then come back in. Rocky loved his plastic kiddy pool when he was alive. I never allowed any flat nosed breed to play in 90 plus degree heat. Surgery is even tough on them as they need to be tubed. Heat combined with the high humidity like we have in Texas = trouble!
Oh & buy the way, my friend got her a new baby Shitzu already while she's up there in Alpina. LOL!
It takes literally about 5 minutes of hot weather to make my bully sound like he's dying. He's not of course and is fine after 10 or so minutes in the ac and drinking water. Only once have we been extremely worried and that was at my inlaws who didn't have AC. A good drenching outside with the garden hose and back inside and he was fine in no time. I can only speak for my bulldog but there is no way I will go anywhere with him in the summer months unless there is AC available, or some seriously airy space. I have always heard that they are fine untill you start to see them foaming at the mouth. The minute that happens you MUST cool them down with an imersion in water. Obviously with bullys don't toss them in a pond but even a hose will cool them quickly. I am no expert but this has been my experience.
my pug stays out of the heat, well, i keep him out of the heat. they could die in 5 minutes of too much heat. after about one minute he's sucking shade like crazy. at a pug meetup the other day i got this cool mat thing; it's material sewn with sections and beads in the sections that absorb water. i can soak it in water and use it as a pad for him to lay on to keep cool. it will work well for car trips in the summer.
Thanks so much for all the suggestions and experiences that you have had with your short nose dogs. Like I said, I've had Labrador Retrievers all my life and just got the flat faced dogs within the past 2 years. I was really concerned about Daisy and will be sure to keep them both indoors in this extremely hot weather.
It's cooled down and clouded over so both dogs are outside in their pen, Daisy actually wanted to go out there this time. It seems like when it's been hot, the past few days, I nearly have to drag her out of the house to go potty.
That cool mat idea sounds great, do you mind telling me where your got yours or what the name is, so I can try to get one or two for my dogs? There's one pet shop and Wal-mart up here, besides the feed stores, so I'm sure I'd have to order it.
Ofcourse!! I've heard all short nose breeds have a hard time is hot temperatures. Rudy is panting within minutes of stepping outside and we just do little walks mostly at night to not over heat him and out to potty ofcourse.
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I have two japanese chins and I never let them outside. They are litterbox trained. I worried that the heat would be a problem for them. I do let them out in the spring, fall and right before it gets really cold or right before it gets really hot. I can barely stand the heat so I figured they would not like it either.
I wanted to get those kiddie pools, but you will not believe this. . . I searched for the past 4 days in 3 different cities and they are sold out everywhere!
I have bullies and always do what I can to keep them comfortable in the heat (we have days that reach 110-120!!!) They all have complete shade and small pools in each run. I have sand in the outdoor section of the runs and a misting system that keeps them cooler and keeps the sand wet (cooler place for them to lay without a muddy mess!)
A note of caution.... if your dog seriously overheats do not cool it of with icey cold water... cool water or room temperature water all over the body is best. Icy cold water can shock the system and actually cause serious harm to your dog. You want thier bodies to cool of gradually. Also, do not allow your dog to gulp large amounts of water all at once. A few laps at a time is best.. too much water too fast will lead to vomiting.
i think the bed is something this pug person makes herself. the cloth material is called "ProPex lll" and insides the cells are some kind of water absorbing crystals. i found something with the same idea here:
On another forum I visit Raingirl got a brilliant idea.. do it yourself
"Those cooling mats/bandanas are easy to make. They are just full of those polymer crystals you can buy to put cut flowers in.
The crystals soak up to 300 times their own weight in water. They are great!
You can get them lots of places, Michaels, zellers, flower shops.
Just sew something that want them in, soak in water, and voila!
Just make sure there is lots of room for them to expand in the item you make.
The crystals I have are about the size of a large peice of sea salt (a small cube-2 to 3 millimetres each side) and grows to about 2 cm each side when totally expanded. I was thinking of making some kind of mat/collar for Odin as well. 1 tbsp of crystals makes about 5-6 cups of jelly like gel blobs
I figure, just sew a tube shape, put velcro at each end, fill about tsp of the crystals, and sew it up. A mat could be made too...just do it like a quilt. Sew up a square the size you want, then sew "tubes" into the fabric and fill each tube. that way all the crystals don't end up at one end. Just soak in the tube till expanded, wring it out of the excess..and put on top of something you don't mind getting wet like a tile floor or outside."
***Edited By: MafiaPrincess on 6/28/2005 11:57:02 PM*** Reason: 2nd link
Again my sincere thanks to Pearl, Mafia and everyone else for your suggestions. I am checking out that website right now Pearl. The weather is actually pleasant this morning, lots cooler and more livable, but it's just 8am.
Mafia, wish I were more crafty, your collar idea sounds great. It wouldn't have to be very big either, since both dogs are under 10 pounds.
Sounds like something that might even be good for my Dalmatian, however, she is pure energy and I don't think velcro would hold very long for her. She is nearly constant motion and keeps herself in good shape with all her running and playing.
We don't have the stores you mentioned here, but there is a Joanne Fabrics, I'll see if they have those crystals there.
BullyMom it sounds like your bullys live the high life! That sounds like an awsome little set up you have for them. Do you ever let them play around in kiddie pools? My bully doesn't like water enough to get in. Maybe if we did it more often he would get used to it and love it on hot days.