Be a Cool Dog Owner & Keep your Dog Cool!

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Home Inspector with Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia

Be a Cool Dog Owner & Keep your Dog Cool!

 

buster

 

Those Dog Days of Summer are well upon us and I can't help but feel extra uncomfortable for my black dog, Buster. 

 

The funny thing is that he doesn't really seem to mind the extreme heat we're experiencing in PA right now (just as he doesn't seem to mind 6 feet of snow in the middle of blistering winter storm either).  This is when we have to be extra careful for our pets.  Yes, make sure water is available at all times for our pets, but that's not always enough.


Here in PA, we're in the midst of a heat wave and expected to hit record temperatures.  When we have extremely hot weather like this, we keep Buster active in a cool buster in inflatable poolway. 


If he needs a potty break, we take a quick walk and try to stay in the shade. 

 

For his exercise outside, we will take him to the lake, to the river, or have him play in his own baby pool.  The problem with the baby pool is that our first one was an inflatable one.  I guess Buster thought it was a big, inflatable toy because the pool didn't last more than 15 minutes before it was reduced to a lifeless, plastic pancake and no longer able to hold water. 

tina and buster in pool



My wife, Tina, was able to find a heavy duty pool that has survived several playtimes for Buster so far. 


This one is not as fun to bite and he gets his exercise in a fun, cool way.
 


 

Heat stroke is a dangerous condition that takes the lives of many animals every year.  With heat stroke, irreversible damage and death can occur.  Even with plenty of water, a dog can become overheated when exercising on a hot, humid day.  Dogs at risk are elderly dogs, overweight dogs, certain breeds of hunting dogs, dogs who are overexerting themselves in hot weather, and dogs with short snouts like pugs and bulldogs. 

Some signs to look for:

1) your dog becomes slow and unresponsive or appears disoriented

2) the gums, tongue, and conjunctiva of the eye may be bright red and he'll probably be panting hard.

3) your dog may start vomiting, collapse or seizure

If any of these things happen, treat it as an emergency and get your dog to the veterinary hospital right away.  You can put cool (not cold) towels on your dog and feed him ice chips (if he's conscious).

 

When the summer heat hits hard, be mindful of your pets...  Be a Cool Dog Owner & Keep your Dog Cool!

buster and david on porch

 

David Artigliere is a Home Inspector in Pottstown, Norristown, Reading & Surrounding Eastern PA. 

David is the owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC and offers Home Inspections 7 days a week!  Visit his website at www.artihomeinspections.com or call 610-220-1907.

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning David. Thank you for this post: it is important. I volunteer with an animal rescue group and have three dogs of my own and one I'm fostering. This weather is killer and it breaks my heart to see dogs and cats on the street.       Great a funny pictures.

Jul 22, 2011 12:24 AM #1
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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There is nothing that ticks me off more than to see people that insist on taking their dogs in the car with them to the store, and leave them there when they go inside. The poor dogs are panting as the heat in the car quickly goes up over 100 degrees! That is cruel!!

Jul 22, 2011 01:14 AM #2
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David Artigliere
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Thanks for reading, Sheila.  Buster is a rescue dog himself and couldn't be a better pet!

Jul 22, 2011 01:14 AM #3
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David Artigliere
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Fred- so true!  I never understood people that leave their dogs in the car like that.  It really is animal cruelty.

Jul 22, 2011 01:20 AM #4
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Gina Tufano
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Fantastic reminder for pet owners to be extra careful in this heat. Love the photos of your dog in the pool!

Jul 22, 2011 01:37 AM #5
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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I knew I liked you!!!    Tell Buster that Walmart has a rigid edge pool for $19 (Canadian)  My two swear by it :0)

Jul 22, 2011 02:07 AM #6
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Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
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Great post. I get so angry when I see a pet in a hot car or leashed to post with no shade or water. I know many think they are being kind by taking their animals with them on their trips to the market or what have you, but they really need to think it through!

Jul 22, 2011 04:39 AM #7
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Joni Bailey
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We have been seeing a lot of ways to keep ourselves cool, thanks for thinking of our furry little friends!

Jul 22, 2011 05:48 AM #8
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
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Thanks for reading Shannon & Joni!

Susan- you got yourself a good deal up there in Canada!  My wife paid $30 but it was the only pool they had left and it came with an unnecessary waterslide! haha.

Gina- thanks, we found the pictures pretty comical

Jul 22, 2011 06:09 AM #9
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
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David - good points, and hope everyone and their pets make it through this heat wave safely.

Jul 22, 2011 11:24 PM #10
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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Hey David-so important to make sure that our pets don't get overheated. Me and my boy Peanutman are going to our pool today-the Atlantic ocean:)

Jul 23, 2011 02:42 AM #11
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks for reading, Carol.

Marco- we have yet to get Buster to the big pool on the Atlantic, so it will be interesting when we finally do.  Have fun today!

Jul 23, 2011 03:13 AM #12
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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David, it is different pets adapt to the weather, but sure hope you all are staying cool with your very warm weather.

Jul 23, 2011 03:48 PM #13
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks Joan.  The good news is that our weather will be a little cooler this week.  Anything under 100 will be appreciated at this point!

Jul 24, 2011 04:01 PM #14
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Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group - RealtyQuest Team, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
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David -- Excellent post that we should not forget our pets in this weather. They are affected as well. I had to laugh at your pancake pool. I tried that when I was a kid with one of my dogs and had the same result very quickly. I thought it was going to be so 'cool' for him...I was so excited about it.... and instead it ended up in the garbage.

Jul 25, 2011 03:17 AM #15
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David Artigliere
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We couldn't stop laughing and no matter what we did.. we could not pull Buster away from wanting to tear this helpless pool apart.  Thanks for reading, Barbara!

Jul 25, 2011 07:19 AM #16
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David Artigliere
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Tagrid-  too cute!  I'd better not show this picture to my wife or we'll have more company in the house!

Jul 25, 2011 02:27 PM #18
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