How can I keep my dog cool during the summer months during walkies when it is still over 90 degrees out during the night?
The littlest peanut
gets 5 walks a day right now - wakeup walk, walk to work, lunch walk, walk home, bedtime walk - of which 2 or more are totally unproductive, so as the weather gets hotter I think we will scale back to early morning and late night only. Since she's a frenchie she is already predisposed to heatstroke, plus she has soft palate issues which make her breathing very stertorous. Her dark coloring also adds to the problem.
When we get home she gets cold water and ice packs to lay down on, plus the A/C, but what can I do for her while we are actually walking? The main problem is that she doesn't seem to be able to figure out how to pee and poop in under 30 minutes of walking.
Vet and internets both say to keep her indoors and in A/C if it is over 90 degrees outside, but what to do when it is still 90 or higher at night? Last summer there were 2 full weeks of 100+ temperatures even past sundown. Does she need a sun hat? Do I need to make her a little climate controlled astronaut suit? Duct tape ice packs to her tummy? Carry her in a bucket of water?
I have plenty of weewee pads but even immediately after her surgery last month she was unwilling to use them. I don't want to force her to do so by just leaving her indoors until she can't hold it anymore as that seems horribly cruel.
I also have a collapsible water dish and carry a bottle of water on walks but thus far she has been uninterested.