help my dog stay chill
April 17, 2011 12:44 PM Subscribe
Two years ago, I rescued an older 10lbs shiba inu/chihuahua mix who has a lot of fur and overheats easily. We've already had a few hot days in Los Angeles this year, and I'm concerned about keeping him cool and healthy, especially since we've moved to a new house that gets a lot warmer during the day.
posted by roger ackroyd to Pets & Animals (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
As you can see, he's got a lot of fur around his chest and hind legs. My biggest question is whether or not I should get his coat trimmed. The first groomer I went to (at an upscale, respected facility) said I should not
, because that fur acts as insulation to deflect heat and keep him cool, and furthermore, his thick undercoat might not grow back right. Have you had any experience with this?
My other concern is, what else can I do to help him stay cool? He slows down when the temperature rises to the mid 70s, and when it hits the 80s, he stays on the couch all day – he doesn't even seem to want to touch his water. I love this guy more than anything and need to keep him healthy and happy, so any experiences or advice you have would be much appreciated.