Beat the Heat for an elder dog

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Postby lokisdad » July 29th, 2009, 3:45 pm

Does anyone have some tips on how to keep my elder dog comfortable inside the house?

He likes to rest in the bathroom on the tile floor during the hottest part of the day.
I put an oscillating fan there to give him a constant breeze.

only 2 months of heat a year didnt justify A/C, but I am considering it now, hehe
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Postby maberi » July 29th, 2009, 3:52 pm

Do you have a basement that is cooler?

When my Lab had ACL surgery I actually purchased a window unit to keep him comfortable during the summer months

Frozen kongs, ice buckets, etc.. work as well
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 29th, 2009, 3:58 pm

I've heard that they make beds that you fill up with water that keep the dog much cooler. I can just envision a nail puncturing it, though! lol
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Postby lokisdad » July 29th, 2009, 4:05 pm

I can see it now,

My whole family all sleeping in the little room with the A/C hehe

ty


A doggy waterbed wow, Id have to keep that one outside hehe

Last night I was looking for Loki, I finally found him by looking out the window, he was resting on the cool grass after the sunset.
It freaked me out because he had never done this since Thor passed. I was worried he fell down the stairs or something, as his back legs have lost alot of strength that past few years.

TYG it was only him keeping cool, a soon as I said wanna chew chew? he got up and came inside.
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Postby airwalk » July 29th, 2009, 4:38 pm

For my old lab I would get several large towels wet and put them in the freezer...pull one out and lay it out for them, when it gets too warm or drippy, roll it back up put it back and get another.
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Postby amazincc » July 29th, 2009, 4:55 pm

I have done a very cold (almost frozen) bandana, tied around the neck... works pretty well, actually. :D
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Postby cheekymunkee » July 29th, 2009, 5:54 pm

amazincc wrote:I have done a very cold (almost frozen) bandana, tied around the neck... works pretty well, actually. :D



I thought you said banana! hahahahahah
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Postby Pit♥bull » July 29th, 2009, 6:25 pm

cheekymunkee wrote:
I thought you said banana! hahahahahah
I did too :doh: LMAO
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Postby amazincc » July 29th, 2009, 6:57 pm

Pit♥Bull wrote:
cheekymunkee wrote:
I thought you said banana! hahahahahah
I did too :doh: LMAO


I don't even KNOW you people. :nono:


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Postby hugapitbull » July 29th, 2009, 7:25 pm

I bought a cooling bandana for Trouble. You wet it and refrigerate it. The gel expands with the water and holds the cold. I think I got it at Petsmart. They also make the gel filled bones you freeze and let them chew on. Trouble would do just as well chewing on a frozen water bottle. After the ice melts she would still have a toy to play with :)
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Postby lokisdad » July 29th, 2009, 9:55 pm

Thank you everyone!!!!!

Loki slurps you all a wet kiss :wave2:
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Postby mnp13 » July 29th, 2009, 10:13 pm

Pit♥Bull wrote:
cheekymunkee wrote:
I thought you said banana! hahahahahah
I did too :doh: LMAO


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Postby mnp13 » July 29th, 2009, 10:15 pm

Freeze a plastic container of water then flip it over into his water bowl so it looks like a dome. It will take a while to melt so it should last him.
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Postby madremissy » July 29th, 2009, 10:27 pm

hugapitbull wrote:I bought a cooling bandana for Trouble. You wet it and refrigerate it. The gel expands with the water and holds the cold. I think I got it at Petsmart. They also make the gel filled bones you freeze and let them chew on. Trouble would do just as well chewing on a frozen water bottle. After the ice melts she would still have a toy to play with :)


I have one of those to. Mine I got at the dollar store. The one I got was the same that Bristol used to wear during softball games.
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Postby Malli » July 30th, 2009, 3:28 am

yep, fan, you can offer him ice or cool freezer packs to lay on, cool water, cold treats :)

good luck in your battle! :)
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