Dexter is a Boston Terrier and while outside does not tolerate the heat very well. Previously I've always brought with me a squirt bottle to lightly mist him which has always kept him quite comfortable and he's dry in about 4 mins.
While at the vet the other day for something unrelated I asked the vet if this was ok. She wasn't entirely sure but felt the humidity could be poor for his skin and coat (bacterial foliculitis).
What's your opinion? This is the 2nd summer doing it with no problems but does she know better? There's a trade off - cooler, more comfortable dog, or possible skin/coat problems?
we have had record high temps here lately. no one here is used to the hotter weather, especially the dogs. i have a huge garden tub in the master bathroom. i fill it partway with cool water and put them all in the tub and rinse them well. on extremely hot days i dip them several time throughout the day. they love it ! they run all over the house like roadrunners. i havent noticed any skin problems from it. i could see where some dogs may be affected by certain soaps, but plain water shouldn't hurt them at all.
hmm I'd have never thought of anything like that. Dook and dokker always got as wet as they wanted, when they wanted, and I've yet to have a problem with it. Kiddie swimming pools or the hose, makes no difference. All I'd say about the pools, though is to rinse and clean them often. I actually never leave water in mine, I fill it for them when it's hot out, dump it within 2-4 hours, rinse it out, lean it against the house to dry out, etc.
If I've never had a problem with my two, nor has any of my family members, using hoses and pools I cant believe a spray bottle could do such damage.