Sunday, June 13, 2010

SHILOH'S SUNDAY SAGE ADVICE

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 SHILOH'S SAGE ADVICE
Hey Hounders,
Shiloh here with some sage advice about keeping a cool head in heated times.  No, I don't mean being a passive observer when a fight breaks out, I mean how to stay cool when the thermometer takes off like the space shuttle.  We know of 2 Golden Retrievers that died as a result of heat stroke.  Us dogs are eager to please you humans and we'll kill ourselves, literally, doing your bidding.  
If you take us for a workout or to play "fetch" in 100+ degree temperatures, don't be surprised when we drop dead or go into convulsions.  We can only dissipate heat by panting and by sweating through the small sweat glands on our paw pads;  that's it.  No glowing body sweat or evaporative total body cooling.  So we are very susceptible to heat stroke.   That means it's up to you, the supposedly evolved species, to make sure that we don't do anything stupid.  That means that you can't be stupid; you've got to be the brains in this relationship and make sure that we stay cool.  My favorite way to cool off is to take a dip in Lake Anna.  
Next to that, I love laying under my shade tree out in my paddock.  I also have a raised off of the ground dog house in a shady area.  If it gets really, really hot, mom or dad will usually bring me and Max inside to the garage kennel where it's air conditioned.  So you peeps need to watch out for your pups when those inevitable heat spells hit.  I "stole" some tips from the internet and added some of my own experience expertise and posted it down below.
- Shiloh and TBH&K


Protecting Us Dogs During the Summer Heat

Keeping us dogs cool during the hot summer months and the early days of fall is very important. Just as you humans need to cool off during hot weather, so do us canines. Animals depend on humans to keep them cool. And in doing so, humans need to keep in mind that we dogs are much more susceptible to heatstroke than humans--which is why it's extremely important to take the proper measures to keep us beloved companions safe from the heat.

Dogs that are primarily "outdoor" dogs need considerations for their environment to keep them healthy and comfortable.  Those FooFoo dogs, like Tank and Fred, that spend their entire life lounging on the big bed in the air conditioned bedroom while their moms are at work only need to be careful on those rare occasions when they venture outside into the elements. Here's a list of ideas and tips you should think about if your dog is an "outdoor" dog or spends a good part of his or her day in the heat.
Place Dog House under Shade 
It's critical that a dog have access to protection (dog house or covered kennel) during all seasons, but especially during extreme heat or cold. A roof will protect your dog from rain, and excessive summertime heat and sun. Temperatures in the shade can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in the sun. Dog houses provide protection from the sun but not the heat, so shelters should be well venilated.  Make sure your dog has protection from both. Make sure there is good ventilation
(i.e. air conditioning and/or ceiling fans) when your dog is left indoors. Some dogs in extremely hot environments even have water misters to help keep them cool.
Additionally, the dog house should not rest directly on the ground. Plan on leaving several inches of space between the ground and the bottom of the dog house by building a platform or setting the dog house on bricks or concrete blocks. This will allow air to flow more freely underneath the house. The height can also help protect your animal from rain gathering on the ground.  Even if most of us do like laying in mud puddles we like to have options.
If you do not have a tree(s), like I do, for adequate shade coverage for the entire day, consider purchasing a heavy duty tarp (shade cloth) that can be positioned over the dog's house or on top of a fenced kennel. Having a tarp and/or tree shade will also prevent your dog from becoming sun burnt, yep - we do get sunburn, or suffering from heat stroke.

Fresh, Cool Water a Must
Dogs must have access to fresh, clean and cool water especially during the summer months.  Water will quickly heat up in the summer sun so it will be necessary to change your dog's water often. Make sure your dog's water bowl has a heavy base so that it does not tip over easily. Many dogs will insert their paws in their water bowls in order to cool them off and can  accidentally knock their water over (it's a lot of fun to make a big mess). Us dogs actually sweat through our paws so we like cooling them off.
Another way to keep your best canine buddy super cool is the field-tested, light-weight mesh Chillybuddy Dog Cooling Jacket.  It is designed to lower coat temperature and provide protection from direct sunlight, particularly beneficial for light-skinned dogs. The jacket may reduce sunburn and prevent sun bleaching. 

Limit your dog's outdoor time when it's hot. And keep in mind, the hottest hours are between 10 and 4.  As much as you would like to take your buddy along for the ride, it's best to leave him home with the AC or under a shade tree in hot weather. Never, never ever, leave us dogs in a parked car with the windows rolled up.  Temperatures can build up to extremes in a matter of minutes and you may literally return to either a convulsing dog or a dead dog. Just DON'T DO IT.  In a lot of jurisdictions, like Fredericksburg, you can be prosecuted under the law for cruelty to animals even if you can't be charged with "gross stupidity."

7 comments:

JackDaddy said...

What a very good post! You have done a good deed for today!

Sheila and Bob said...

Great info. Even on cool days if you take you dog in the car and leave them in it while parked the temperature can skyrocket inside the car.
Never leave a dog in a parked car. On a mild 73ºF day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120ºF in 30 minutes. On a 90ºF day, the interior of a vehicle can reach 160ºF in minutes.

Hamish & Sophie

Homer said...

Hello hello to everyone in the Bumpass Hounds!

How are you doing? Man, it's getting hotter each day over in Italy. Not very nice especially with lots of mosquitoes flying around.

Hugs to Bill and Ann Marie (Gee, I hope I got her name right!)

Love,
Homer from Italy, ex-Holland.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Lots of Golden Thanks for the info. I LOVE car ride n nowadays I can't cause of the heat. Again ... Golden Thanks for supporting me for the voting. There's good news ... so please read my post tomorrow in regards to my TV appearance. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

A GReat PSA!

Mom has already enakhted summer Xterra rules fur me - meaning, I hardly get to go with her when she does errands that rekhwire the vehikhle to be stopped -

AND she's also furry khareful to chekhk The Weather Channel on the laptop prior to khontemplating our walks -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Luckily we live where it never gets very hot, but we remember back when we lived in Texas and all we did was sit around in our pools!

Steve

Huffle Mawson said...

Good advice Shiloh!

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