My 7-pound Maltipoo is an inside dog but we walk outside for one mile at around 8:00 a.m., we take very short walks for potty breaks during the day, and an evening walk which sometimes includes some ball chasing. I live in Florida and our summers are hot and humid. Is it normal for her to seem more tired and lethargic in this weather, even though she is inside except for walks?
well the heat is very hot even for you, and your dog has a coat of hair, it's even more hot, and the energy in your dogs body is trying hard to keep your dog cool, causing less energy, so yeah, i guess it's normal, unless somethings wrong with my 3 dogs and your one. lol!
MM, is your dog eating and drinking normally, and otherwise perfectly normal? If she is, I would say the heat is probably just getting to her. I know it gets to me. Maybe, try just taking her in the early morning for her walk, and unless it's nice and cool, leave the evening walk, or just make it very short.How hot is it, by the way?
That is way too much heat for your dog to be out in. I would do the walk even earlier than 8:00. Just as it is beginning to get light. After that i would just take her out long enough for her to potty. Also keep it cool indoors too. If you do not have some kind of air conditioner, get one. If you do not have the money to invest in one, as they can be pricey, then at least have fans going so your dog can keep cool. We have been having unusually hot days here too. 80's and 90's. I have an air conditioner in the front room, and fans in the bedrooms. If it is still fairly hot, i put cool water in the tub and dip them in it. They love it . lol
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
yes,that kind of heat can be deadly; I agree with Dusty. Pick the very coolest time of the day to walk your dog, and if need be, just wait until the weather is cooler, if it never gets below 80 or 90 degrees at this time of the year.
MaltipooMama - I have two little maltipoos - Pacino is 18 months old and Toby 16 year olds. They both have difficulties in the heat. I walk them early in the morning and after sundown. To help them deal with the heat they wear a cooling collar most of the time. These collars are made of water crystals and keep the animal cool for days. It is re-usable and all you need to do is soak it in cool water for 15 to 30 minutes.
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Here in central Arizona we are experiencing heat and humidity right now. My dogs don't eat as much and from about 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. they'll just sleep. In the afternoons we all hide out in the house with the drapes drawn and the air on and hibrnate. So, your doggie sounds pretty normal to me. Just conserving for more comfortable weather.