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Heat Stroke
« on: July 20, 2008, 10:08:19 PM »
The link below is about a dog in Brooklyn that collapsed from heat stroke.  I know most dog owners are aware of what not to do (don't leave a dog in a car even for a few minutes on a hot day etc.) but I still wanted to share this because of the heat wave and how heart broken I am at the thought of an animal suffering like this.  I've spoken to friends and have decided on very hot days to leave the air conditioner on when my dog is home alone.  Something I wasn't doing because I have fans on but I'd rather spend the extra money knowing that my dog will be safer.


http://mcbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2008/07/dog-collapses-from-heat-stroke-on.html
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008, 10:56:28 PM »
Oh, Buddy, that is horrible! Sometimes when we are gardening at St. Mark's on a hot day, we give passing dogs a drink. If anyone reads this who is walking their dog past St. Mark's on the 82nd Street side, there is a hose attached. If you feel your pet is distressed in any way, stop in and give it a drink or a hose down.

I hope we see a posting that the dog was okay.

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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2008, 11:31:53 PM »
That is definitely a shame. We leave the a/c on for our dog also, even if it's only set to 80 degrees, on a day like today it definitely still keeps the heat down.

ECG, that's very handy. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2008, 09:32:04 PM »
Chuckster told me yesterday that someone in her building took her puppy out for a walk and when she came home the dog died from cardiac arrest! 

The other day I saw a guy jogging with dog.  The dog's tongue was handing out and it didn't occur to me to say something.  Now I think I will if I see something like that on a hot day.  I know I didn't realize how very vulnerable dogs were in this heat.

How sad to lose a dog like that.
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2008, 10:25:21 PM »
Chuckster told me yesterday that someone in her building took her puppy out for a walk and when she came home the dog died from cardiac arrest!

Actually, it was a dog that belonged to a friend of one of my neighbors.  The high temperatures and humidity that we've been experiencing lately is very dangerous for dogs.  That's why I never take my dog out for long walks on days like these.  We go out, take care of business and head on home again.

Buddy, the past few days, I've seen people walking dogs on the sunny side of the street, over metal gratings, etc.  The cement gets incredibly hot...can you imagine what a metal grating feels like on a dog's paws?  Ouch!
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2008, 10:42:45 PM »
Jogging with a dog always seemed a bit cruel to me unless the dog was properly conditioned.  But even worse are the guys who ride their bikes holding the dogs leash.  How can they expect the dog to keep up? I've seen some dogs that look like they are ready to collapse.

Asphalt is incredibly hot for the dog.  My dog used to try to get on the grass asap on hot days.

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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2008, 09:03:28 PM »
Jogging with a dog always seemed a bit cruel to me unless the dog was properly conditioned.  But even worse are the guys who ride their bikes holding the dogs leash.  How can they expect the dog to keep up? I've seen some dogs that look like they are ready to collapse.

Asphalt is incredibly hot for the dog.  My dog used to try to get on the grass asap on hot days.

I swear, next time I see anyone riding a bike and pulling a dog on a leash, especially in hot weather, well someone here will hopefully have bail money for me.  That's all I'm saying.  Crazy humans....    :tickedoff:
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2008, 01:21:16 AM »
In hot weather, this is the recommended alternative.

(UPDATED because the original site blocked the link)
« Last Edit: July 24, 2008, 10:12:38 AM by toddg »

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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2008, 09:09:12 AM »
todd, that site had some really nice images.
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2008, 02:24:52 PM »
Jogging with a dog always seemed a bit cruel to me unless the dog was properly conditioned.  But even worse are the guys who ride their bikes holding the dogs leash.  How can they expect the dog to keep up? I've seen some dogs that look like they are ready to collapse.

Asphalt is incredibly hot for the dog.  My dog used to try to get on the grass asap on hot days.

i don't think jogging with a dog is cruel. it is important that dogs have proper exercise, some more than others. breeds like australian shepherds and miniature pinschers are high-energy dogs and need additional activities, like running alongside a bike. otherwise, they can turn mental inside the house (owning an australian shepherd in the city is another issue altogether).

definitely in the heat, running outside, for humans and dogs, should be avoided. even hot asphalt can injure a generally sturdy paw pad. a treadmill at home is very useful to give dogs their much needed activity.

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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2008, 04:53:10 PM »
i don't think jogging with a dog is cruel. it is important that dogs have proper exercise, some more than others. breeds like australian shepherds and miniature pinschers are high-energy dogs and need additional activities, like running alongside a bike. otherwise, they can turn mental inside the house (owning an australian shepherd in the city is another issue altogether).

definitely in the heat, running outside, for humans and dogs, should be avoided. even hot asphalt can injure a generally sturdy paw pad. a treadmill at home is very useful to give dogs their much needed activity.

am i the only one obsessed with the dog whisperer?
-exercise-discipline-affection (in that order)  ;D

nope, I watch the show whenever I'm clicking stations and I see it's on.  I don't care that Caesar has his detractors.  I think he's done more to help educate people that dogs are animals and should be treated like animals, with much love of course, and not like people. 

And I agree, certain breeds need the exercise especially living in a cramped apartment but I saw a guy jogging the other day with his dog.  Poor dog's tongue was hanging.  That's just dangerous.  Plus I didn't see the guy carrying a water bottle.  That makes the guy a "mamaluke" (spelled phonetically since I'm not sure how to spell Italian slang.)
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2008, 05:01:33 PM »
That makes the guy a "mamaluke" (spelled phonetically since I'm not sure how to spell Italian slang.)

i don't know what a "mamaluke" is, phonetically spoken or not. i initially read it as marmaduke , the comic great dane. his tongue was always sticking out. (immigrant moment)

ahem. agreed, though, that dogs should not be overheated when exercised. kobe, my mini schnauzer, would lay on grass under a shade and fully expected to be carried home when he was too pooped to finish the walk.
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2008, 05:14:56 PM »
kobe, my mini schnauzer, would lay on grass under a shade and fully expected to be carried home when he was too pooped to finish the walk.

My dog does that in the winter when I take her out for walks.  She won't lie down though, but will stand on her hind legs and I'll carry her.  She then wants to bury her head inside my coat...obvious indicator that she's cold.  Definitely not a cold weather dog.
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Re: Heat Stroke
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Re: Heat Stroke
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2008, 04:15:56 PM »
Mamaluke:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mamaluke

An Arab mercenary?

Thank you. I love Urban Dictionary.  My definition of mamaluke is simply number 2  on the list!   :2funny:
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Re: Heat Stroke
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