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Old 06-10-2009, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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My family is planning a move to Texas when my husband retires in the next year. We have two large dogs- one being an Australian Shepherd with a lot of fur. I know he gets hot here in the summer, and I'm worried about how he'll do when we move. Has anyone else had an older (7) large furry dog and moved from a cooler state like Minnesota? The other big dog I'm not worried about, as he is ALWAYS cold, and loves the heat. I forgot to mention that right now they are mainly outside dogs.


When he goes to the Vet next, I will ask them as well, but I just wanted to hear others thoughts on this.

Thank you for taking the time to read/reply to this!
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:32 AM
 
Location: California
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We moved here, from the relatively cool temps. of Northern Ca. with our then 7 yr Golden, and 3 yr. old Golden, who both had really thick, double coats. The older did well, but one has to take steps to protect them. Ours were never left out in the heat of the day...as you can imagine, they must preferred the coolness of the tile floors and the AC! When outside, they had shade and plenty of cold water. But they can become overheated. We had a friend whose Collie actually died of heatstroke at the age of 8.
I have heard people talk of shaving them...WRONG! A dogs coat actually acts as insulation against heat and cold. They could also burn in the sun. Also, dogs do not perspire as a human does...they sweat through the pads of their feet. So shaving them serves no purpose.
They do sell products call "Cool Pads" which is sort of like an ice pack that the dogs can lie on that will help lower body temp.
For the most part...wisest thing to do is allow them in the house where they can be cool. Good luck with your move and "welcome" to Tx!
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Get a kiddie pool for them outside if you don't have a swimming pool. Keep them inside as much as you can during the summer. Get them on Flea and TICK preventitive.

My dog will run himself to death chasing bugs outside. Fortunately he gets in the pool every 10 minutes. But I would never leave a herding dog outside full time in the heat. They don't know when to stop.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: California
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Get a kiddie pool for them outside if you don't have a swimming pool. Keep them inside as much as you can during the summer. Get them on Flea and TICK preventitive.

My dog will run himself to death chasing bugs outside. Fortunately he gets in the pool every 10 minutes. But I would never leave a herding dog outside full time in the heat. They don't know when to stop.
Oh...forgot about the wonderful, year round fleas and ticks. Also, heartworm preventative is MUST!
Great idea EA with the kiddie pool. Our guy Dylan spends lots of time "resting" in the pool.
Sure way to keep them cool!
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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LOL. Mine like the first stair too. If I throw some ice cubes right by him, it's good times.
Don't know if he would tolerate the glasses though.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:09 AM
 
Location: California
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LOL. Mine like the first stair too. If I throw some ice cubes right by him, it's good times.
Don't know if he would tolerate the glasses though.
Believe me, he didn't tolerate the glasses for very long. It was a goof..mainly because we had seen a Golden riding in a sidecar of a Harley wearing goggles earlier in the day.
We have always had pools...and that sun platform is a perfect way to "lounge" and read a good book while staying cool! Dylan Just happens to think he "owns" it!it
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Your dog is adorable, love the goggles! Goldens really do think they're human!
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Oh...forgot about the wonderful, year round fleas and ticks. Also, heartworm preventative is MUST!
Great idea EA with the kiddie pool. Our guy Dylan spends lots of time "resting" in the pool.
Sure way to keep them cool!

In my next life, I want to be YOUR dog!!

That pic is too cute...
P.S. tried to rep you for it but Rep Police say I "must spread rep around before giving to Shelbygirl again!"

You and EA make excellent points about their health and safety in this Houston heat...I don't understand how some pet owners don't think about these things.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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You and EA make excellent points about their health and safety in this Houston heat...I don't understand how some pet owners don't think about these things.

Honestly, I think most of these ''preventions'' are nothing but a money grab, especially if your dog is the indoor type. It's the same old med-pharma scare tactics but on a smaller scale.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: California
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Honestly, I think most of these ''preventions'' are nothing but a money grab, especially if your dog is the indoor type. It's the same old med-pharma scare tactics but on a smaller scale.
TStone....You obviously have never been flea infested! Not a fun situation. I am not a fan of all the chemicals, but it is the lesser of two evils. In our climate, where it never really gets cold enough to kill off the fleas and ticks, preventatives are a must for any dog that ventures outside. And heartworm is nothing to fool around with...any animal bitten by a flea is liable to get heartworms which cause a slow and very painful death.
Catfancier....Dylan is calling for me to freshen up his umbrella drink
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