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The heat has never bothered Bella but I noticed that this Spring, where our temps are only in the 80's, she's already panting and lying on our tile floors.

The summer temps in Texas easily go into the 100's. Bella turns 7 this July and is always in the house except when she needs to go outside or we're in the pool in the evening (hasn't happened yet this year since the water is still too cool).

I have two questions: 1. can this be a sign of an underlying condition or just age? and 2. will cutting her hair back keep her cooler?

Do those "cool" beds work?
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It could be age related, as Tyler seems to pant now when he's in the sun for awhile and it hasn't gotten warm here yet. Being surrounded by ocean, our temps have been mostly in the 60's with an occasional 70 thrown in so far this season.

Regarding cutting them down in the summer, their coat acts as an insulator in both the winter and summer, however, I did hear of a trick to keep a full coated Hav cooler in the summer and that's to shave down the belly which won't be seen behind the skirt and when they lie flat on the floor, it keeps them cool.


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They also sell those collars that are made out of fabric and you put them in the fridge so when they are read for their walks it keeps them cool. They really do work, i bought one for Django when we use to take him down to Florida with us in the winter.
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Hello, I was about to start a new thread but I have similar issues.

In our case, Mucho will happily go on a walk in the morning (not very early, around 10ish, temperatures around 28 c), and then run and chase me in the shade outside the house, but once inside, he will not touch his food, drink very little water and mostly sleep. We have air-conditioning and he doesn't pant or lie on the floor, he just seems very tired.

Yesterday it went like that, until the early evening, where he had the energy to run around again and chase us. Then he gobbled all his food and drank a ton of water.

This means effectively we feed him just once a day, which seems a bit scary, but if he won't touch his food what else can we do?

Should I be worried about diseases at this point? Or could it be a combination of adolescence and summer heat?
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They also sell those collars that are made out of fabric and you put them in the fridge so when they are read for their walks it keeps them cool. They really do work, i bought one for Django when we use to take him down to Florida with us in the winter.
What is the collar called? I would really be interested in these.

Our little one is already panting alot also and would like anything to help cool him down.

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Hello, I was about to start a new thread but I have similar issues.

In our case, Mucho will happily go on a walk in the morning (not very early, around 10ish, temperatures around 28 c), and then run and chase me in the shade outside the house, but once inside, he will not touch his food, drink very little water and mostly sleep. We have air-conditioning and he doesn't pant or lie on the floor, he just seems very tired.

Yesterday it went like that, until the early evening, where he had the energy to run around again and chase us. Then he gobbled all his food and drank a ton of water.

This means effectively we feed him just once a day, which seems a bit scary, but if he won't touch his food what else can we do?

Should I be worried about diseases at this point? Or could it be a combination of adolescence and summer heat?
Bella has gotten struvite crystals in the past so she's on a special diet and I make sure she has lots of water. When she gets especially hot and won't drink enough to make me happy, I add some water to her canned food. That seems to help.

And when we're outside, I have a bowl of water--maybe Mucho would like that along with food outside while you're there? And for our walks I found a portable water bowl that is a bottle with bottle-shaped bowl attached.
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