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Old 07-17-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Try using this great tip from Thursday007:

Fill one bowl with water and a second bowl with ice cubes and as the ice cubes melt the dogs will always have cold water for a longer period of time. I've used my regular ice cube trays or even bought bags of ice during the last couple weeks of our heatwave around here. I just use a huge, low mixing bowl.

The reason this is so important is the ASPCA warns
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"Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat," says Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, "and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly."

"Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees." Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
For more info for keeping your pets safe during these heat waves from coast to coast:
ASPCA | Hot Weather Tips

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Old 07-17-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Hey, I need my ice!! They'll have to fight me for it! May the best dog win! Kidding ! Great stuff Glory!
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: long island ny
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Good tips...sometimes we don't think that can happen to the animals too...we've been keeping ice cubes in the sink to cool off also.
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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My kids don't even get ice cubes!

Drink the darn water warm!
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Ahhh poor puppers!! Dad has a truck where he can keep the engine running and lock it so if he wants to take Maggie, he can.

My cats are indoors so they are nice and cool!!

Thanks Glory!
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: I never said I was perfect so no refunds here sorry!
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Yup a terrible shame for those animals that go unattended or neglected. Suppose if ya ever really cared you'd care!
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Great tip! I will definitely start putting some ice cubes in my dog's bowl.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Leave an animal or child in a vehicle in Texas during the summer...it won't survive long.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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Wonderful tip, especially after going out for a walk in this heat. Very refreshing for them.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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Good tip. I'll be sure to put some ice cubes in my dogs bowl.
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