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    Quote Originally Posted by labdoc View Post
    Has anyone tried the cooling vest from www.coolk-9.comor similar? A client whose dog has larygeal paralysis brought one in the other day. They are very light and look like they may be great for arid environments.
    You know, I have a couple of Kool Koats (different because they're basically made out of thick chamois material that you soak in cool water) for my dogs when it gets really hot out, but I always wonder how well they work. If you consider that the belly/armpits/inguinal region are some of the best places to cool down an overheated dog/cat (or human for that matter), how well can a vest that cools the dorsum really work? Some, perhaps...but enough?
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    Thanks for re-posting that article! That will be very valuable information to have this time of year here in Northwest Florida where temperatures can be 95 F by noon with 90% humidity. It's smothering! Since my dogs live indoors, I sometimes worry that they don't get enough conditioning to the heat. What can you recommend doing to enhance their tolerance for heat? (besides move.. LOL)
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    Nate, thanks for the information about cooling them off in water. At the HT in MD it was horrible hot and there were quite a few dogs that went into the water to cool off prior to the water portion. I couldn't tell if it helped them or not, and we didn't dip ours at all - just kept him in the shade, eventually turned on the air conditioning for him and our lil pup. I know spoiled

    Quote Originally Posted by labdoc View Post
    Has anyone tried the cooling vest from www.coolk-9.comor similar? A client whose dog has larygeal paralysis brought one in the other day. They are very light and look like they may be great for arid environments.
    I'm interested to hear how your client's dog is doing and how it is working for them.

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    Hi All

    First post here. When my dog gets too hot her tounge color turns bright red from her normal pink. Thats my signal to stop and cool her off.

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    Even though so many of us have read this in the past, and hopefully all of us pay close attention to our dog(s) in the heat and humidity, I'm really pleased to see it as a sticky. Here's hoping everyone takes a minute to re-read it.

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    I've heard of 5 different dogs going down due to heat in the past two days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff t. View Post
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    I've heard of 5 different dogs going down due to heat in the past two days.
    What do you mean when you say...."go down"??

    We trained today and the grass was taller than normal and it was pretty warm out. My dog is pretty high energy and does everything 100mph. She actually laid down after hunting up a bird. That is not like her and I knew we over did it. I got her cooled off asap and 10 minutes later she was ready to again but we called it a day. Very scarry...I now know what to look for and it will never happen again!

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    "Going down" refers to actually collapsing from heat/exhaustion.

    If your dog laid down panting because she was really gassed, that is not quite the same BUT IT IS A WARNING that she is getting close. Especially if that is out of character for her.

    Read the article and pay attention. Lots of good info there.

    The ambient temp does not always have to be extremely high. Everything is relative. They generate body heat from exertion and if conditions are not good for them cooling down they can get in trouble before you realize it.

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    Found It!!! Please Re-sticky!!!!

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