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Today is a very very hot day but there is a little breeze so early afternoon I took Vanilla on a 25 minute walk. She began panting and her walk got slower and slower so I picked her up brought her into the house. The next thing I know she darts straight towards her water bowl, drinks and just collapses. She would not get up right away. She continued to pant for the next 15 minutes even though we were inside with air conditioning on. Now it has been an hour and she's back to normal. I don't think she can handle walking in hot weather.
 

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I think a 25 minute walk in the hot heat in the midday hours (10-2) is too much for most dogs. I love that you are walking Vanilla but I think when its hot you will need to ensure that you wlk her before 10am or after dinner. :) This way she doesn't get so overheated!
 

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OMG! Heatstroke is very serious! You are lucky you were able to revive her.

Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) in Dogs

I'm sure you won't do it again, but as Hunter's Mom said, don't take her for along walk when it's hot out. It's so hot here in North Carolina, I don't take Lady for her stroller walk until about 7:30 at night.
 

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This brings up a much needed new sub forum that could automatically bring a post up regarding the dangers of summer months, cold weather, wet grounds, puddles. It seems every year someone's dog has heat stroke due to lack of knowledge in this area. We could also do a thread on poisonous items/foods prominent during the holidays. It would be nice if these would appear at the top of new posts listings at the beginning of the season to which they apply.
 

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I agree with Brit, that would be an excellent idea!

I am glad your little one is alright. Like everyone said, an early morning walk would be much better. Or if you have a treadmill you could teach your dog to walk on that during the summer months. :) Even a good play and romp through the house is a good enough of a workout for these little ones.
 

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OMG! Heatstroke is very serious! You are lucky you were able to revive her.

Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) in Dogs

I'm sure you won't do it again, but as Hunter's Mom said, don't take her for along walk when it's hot out. It's so hot here in North Carolina, I don't take Lady for her stroller walk until about 7:30 at night.
OMG ! I just went on to that link you posted and I had no idea about those symptoms. Her rapid panting like I said continued for an extra 15 minutes even in the air conditioned house. I had brought her out at 1:30 in the afternoon. I won't be doing that again---I will wait till it cools down in the evening!
 

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This brings up a much needed new sub forum that could automatically bring a post up regarding the dangers of summer months, cold weather, wet grounds, puddles. It seems every year someone's dog has heat stroke due to lack of knowledge in this area. We could also do a thread on poisonous items/foods prominent during the holidays. It would be nice if these would appear at the top of new posts listings at the beginning of the season to which they apply.
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Glad she's ok. It can happen so easily.I know I love to walk my sweeties and they love walkies too.I just do it early in the morning .I used to do ti in the evenings but w/ coyotes,I do mornings instead. It may not feel that hot but they're so low to the ground,the pavement radiates more heat than we realize.
 

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Glad she's ok. It can happen so easily.I know I love to walk my sweeties and they love walkies too.I just do it early in the morning .I used to do ti in the evenings but w/ coyotes,I do mornings instead. It may not feel that hot but they're so low to the ground,the pavement radiates more heat than we realize.
You said it right on. We don't realize how hot that pavement really is because they are so close to the ground.:goodpost:
 

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Well I guess everything has been covered here....so walk you pups early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun goes down....so life will be good once again!!
 

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Toto has a difficult time with heat and humidity. I took him for an early morning walk a few years ago, the temp was in the 70's but apparently it was too humid for him. On the way home he couldn't keep his balance and we were 2 blocks from home. I picked him up and half ran/half walked with Tuffy on a leash. I was in a total panic. I saw a man pulling out of his driveway and begged him to drive me home. I didn't really give him a chance to say no, I was already opening the back door to his car. I got Toto upstairs and put him in the sink with mildly cool water to try to help lower his body temperature. Fortunately he quickly recovered but ever since I am extremely cautious about taking them out in warm weather.
 

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WOW, scary! So glad to hear she is alright. :grouphug:
 

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I try to walk mine in the mornings,especially ,even when it cools down in the evening the pavement will still hold the heat. I find my fluffs start to get really hot,even in 70 degree weather. Especially the himidity.If it's in the 70's and breezy w/o humidity,they do pretty good.I always take chilled water and a collapsible bowl on my walks.
I'm glad she's ok now. It's scary how delicate little fluffs are,especially in full coat,it's a lot of weight to carry.
 

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ooo wow , thanks so much for this thread.. and all the info .. as u all may know dolce doesnt really like walking on a leash , but let me ask u ,does this apply to them just being outdoors , when its hot? like on sat we went to a bbq n he was outside , it was hot .. we kept giving water though n he was not in the direct sunlight .. but how long is too long to be outside ? like if we r out in a park all day for hrs is it ok for him to come ?
 
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