I have a question. I have a rottweiler that is an outdoor dog. The temperature is reaching into the 100's and I am worried about him overheating. Do people shave their Rottweilers? I have brushed him, but it really does no good. I know shaving him is pretty extreme, but I want to keep him comfortable. What is your opinion on this? I would love to get a doggie door, but I worry about someone breaking in through it. Brody is 11 months old and 100 lbs already so he is a big boy and it would take a big door.
I have an English Bully who LOVES being outside. Despite the fact that he is always welcome to share the house with us and our Bostons, and he has a climate contolled kennel, he wants to be outside! These dogs overheat very easily and he has the kiddie pool in his kennel to get in and cool off if he wants, but he too likes to drink from it.
But, something I have noticed is that when I run the sprinkler system for the lawn, he will stand on the edge of that and let the water fall on him. So, maybe a small sprinkler would help?
Best of luck!
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
Freeze your dog some water sorta like a frozen ice block for them he would also find sum relief wit cold concrete or tiled areas that r not in the sun I also freeze my dogs marrow bones and if u r handy to the beach at the end of the day take him 4 a swim. Dont know about clipping as it may cause skin cancer
I had a friend that just bred his first litter of English Bulldogs (normally they have Boxers). Well the 9 puppies were beautiful. He called me in a panic last weekend because 2 of them were dead with a pool of blood coming out their nose and a third was crying and just turning circles.
I called my vet (who raises Frenchies), he said that they were overheated and to cool them down as quickly as possible. My friend lost the 3rd puppy within the hour. Heat stroke. Terrible lesson learned.
Same friend knows of another breeder that lost a girl this week that was 8 weeks pregnant, huge and due to whelp. Awful.
Everyone needs to be careful of their dogs this time of year. I put mine inside our basement which is about 20 degrees cooler than anywhere else between 10-4:00.
Also realize that the snub nose breeds can not handle the heat like other dogs, and neither can pregnant dogs, or young puppies.
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Do NOT give ICE COLD water to an overheated dog. I have been reading several posts from people that have almost lost their dogs to bloat from this. The vets have told them that the ice cold water hits the warm insides of the dog and the muscle basically spasm, if not treated immediatly the dog can die. If you must keep your dog outside, make sure they have shade, and the misting idea is great. If your dog like to lay on a bed, they make a cooling pad, that's kind of like a water bed, that may help keep them cooled even outside. Wouldn't recommend that if you think your dog would chew it though, don't know what kind of fluid is inside.
You can keep dogs cool in summer heat by providing constant access to water. You need to keep a filled water bowl near your dog at all times and give your dog somewhere to get wet. You also need to provide a comfortable shelter. Provide plenty of shade for your dog. Provide a cool kennel or covered porch space for Fido to rest in.