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    I always make sure Keeda has fresh water. Because she has a doggie door and access to one of the rooms in the house she can just go into the air conditioning when she gets too hot. We take some precautions when exercising in the heat, though. Keeda doesn't deal very well with hot weather, she gets tired more than twice as quickly as she does in cool weather. I actually even wrote a post about exercising dogs in the heat recently.

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    I have Pugs, and it is correct that they do not tolerate heat very well at all. A Pug has more chance of dying of heat stroke than most other breeds. In short, they have a flawed cooling system.

    We do not walk our Pugs much in the Summer months, unless it is at night or when a cool change has come through. They are also inside most of the time during really hot days and we have been known to leave the aircon on during heat waves.

    Being inside dogs, they don't really notice the heat a great deal and it doesn't affect us. I would never recommend a Pug for outside living though, particularly in Summer. I have known many Pugs to die in the heat and sadly, I am sure there will be more.
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    I freeze smallish pieces of raw chicken in stock as a treat, have tried the clam shells, my dogs use them as big drinking bowls. I hose them; the concrete and dirt area's for them to lie in. Freeze chicken necks to gnaw on, they have plenty of beds lying around the backyard in different materials in the shade spots. Put their metal water bowls in the fridge and rotate between bowls every couple of hours (I work from home so can do this), wet frozen towels to lie on. Hope this helps a little.

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    Wet frozen towels...magic idea and I wish I had room in the bloody freezer to do that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Wet frozen towels...magic idea and I wish I had room in the bloody freezer to do that!
    You can alternate with those frozen ice drink bottles or iced bags and place them under the towels, Di. Dogs get great relief from that also.

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    I bought a second hand chest freezer for all the doggie goodies - that's the only reason I have room! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I have Pugs, and it is correct that they do not tolerate heat very well at all. A Pug has more chance of dying of heat stroke than most other breeds. In short, they have a flawed cooling system.

    We do not walk our Pugs much in the Summer months, unless it is at night or when a cool change has come through. They are also inside most of the time during really hot days and we have been known to leave the aircon on during heat waves.

    Being inside dogs, they don't really notice the heat a great deal and it doesn't affect us. I would never recommend a Pug for outside living though, particularly in Summer. I have known many Pugs to die in the heat and sadly, I am sure there will be more.
    That's what I thought, Anne, so my husband and I have been very conscious of keeping our pugalier out of the heat - except here's the thing: he seems to LOVE it! He always sits in the sun, wants to sit outside when it's hot, etc. The other week it was in the high 30's and we had to force him inside! Is he just a bit strange or what? lol. We always try to make them stay inside when it's hot, whether he likes it or not! (obviously our little fluff ball does not like going outside when it's hot lol - you'll find her laying on the tiles somewhere)

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