There is a serious heat wave in southern California. While taking Nalani, our two year old black pug; for a walk I bring cold water so when she looks thirsty I can offer it to her. I'm wondering if it is best to just skip her daily exercise when it is above 80 or if keeping her cool with water is good enough. I am a new pug mom and I don't want to do anything that may hurt her. I was thinking I could even bring a mist-er bottle to spray her down. Our average walk is about 4 blocks each way. Thats 8 total (to the beach and back). It takes about 30 minutes to walk her to the beach and back.

If you have any suggestions I'd appreciate it. We can't walk her at dusk because my husband and I both work. I really enjoy our walks before I have to go to work, but maybe I should stop them when we are having a heat wave. I'm just not sure how sensitive they are to heat. Any seasoned Pug owners help would be great!

Mahalo
Beckah and Nalani

Views: 1050

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Beckah & Nalani,

I have three pugs and I really think it depends on the individual pug. While the pug breed is unable to tolerate extreme hot & cold some pugs seems better than others when the temperature gets too warm. My pug Mushu starts to pant when the temperature reaches 70 degrees but my other two don't pant when she is panting. As a general rule for my pugs, I do start to curtail or eliminate their activities all together (depending on the temperature). I had a bad experience last summer with Mushu where I almost lost her due to the heat here in Portland. I was in the process of moving so I think stress was a factor also but she got so lethargic due to how warm it was here and I seriously thought she was going to die. I ended up putting her in the bathtub with some cool water and eventually she came back around. I don't want to ever go through that again so I am pretty careful.

I would say just watch her & keep doing what you are doing (bringing the water). If she seems too hot cut the walk short.
Hi

I to had issues with the heat with Tifa however I just got one of her T Shirts wet and put it on her to keep cool. And I would hose both of my dogs down when they dried off. Also i just threw ice cubes out for them. They both love ice cubes. And if it was to hot they would stay inside with the air conditioner going. Hope that helps. But for the walks maybe take a shorter one during the hot days.
I have never had Ziggy suffer from heat exhaustion and we used to live in Las Vegas, NV. Summer temperatures in Vegas usually reach 115-110F. I would normally take Ziggy out for a walk either in the morning or after I got home from work, when the temperatures have gone down a bit (about 100 F.) Our walks were about 40 minutes. I guess it also depends what your puggie is accustomed to.

Also, I have learned that pugs always look thirsty, which they aren't at all times. Yes, they do consume a lot of water but most of the time they are just breathing through their mouth, since they tend to have problems breathing through their nose. Hopefully this helps.

Ziggy’s Mommy
.
TAZ, PETRUS and Bjorn here.....HELLO!!

I would suggest either skipping the walk once the temps have gone above 80; make it a SHORT walk; OR....probably the ideal.....take NALANI on the walk once it has become dusk and the temps have gone down.

You should always take a container of water with you when you are walking in a hot environment. If there is any question as to the little one's condition, STOP THE WALK, provide some water and carry NALANI back home.

I know how hot it can get in OC and the South Bay, having lived there for over 25 years and still owning property. I did not realize you guys were having a heat wave now. Always weird weather in Southern California.

Exercise is important for any dog, but since the pug does not need it on a daily basis, if you see that the weather is HOT outside, either skip the walk for that day or do something near your home (shorter walk or some sort of play outside with NALANI's toys). It is always better to be SAFE than SORRY as the pug simply cannot cool itself like other dogs can.

There must be a previous post on here from a vet about the signs of HEAT STROKE in the Pug. We can probably find that on a search.

Just my two cents worth. We have serious heat and humidity problems in the Washington, DC area during the summer and early Fall which means that one needs to plan the walk in advance. We have alot of tree covered walking paths in my parents home area which is where I have walked TAZ and PETRUS right after I first adopted TAZ.

Just be careful not to let the little one's excitement over going on a walk make you forget that you always need to be villigent on any walk in weather > 70 to 75 degrees along with high humidity.


"Beckah": Bjorn is right.....TAZ HERE! Our "excitement" is bigger than our "cooling system" and you need to always watch out for possible overheating!! Remember to always bring a wather supply for us, even when it is not one of those HOT HOT days!!

Say hello to NALANI for us back East. NALANI, Ruff, Ruff, Snort, Snort, Arhh. Snort!"
Thanks! I do always carry water with me... Ya never know if you can rely on water being available if ya need it. Our weather has gotten much cooler. So that works for us. I will take your advise and keep the walks super short when it gets over 80.

I appreciate all the advise and being able to have people who care to talk to and bounce pug related ideas and questions. It is very nice that you take the time out of your life to help us.

Hugs for all the Pups!
We walk our girl blaze lots and we live in Florida and it gets might hot here...we got her a stroller so she can take longer walks with us and she just loves it....we let her walk some then when she gets tired she jumps in and rides the rest of the way its awesome really.....

RSS

REACH 5,000 members

Advertise on Pugslife and reach out to over 5,000 pug owners.  All day, every day.

 

For more information, contact Christine London-Camper

 

We just Love PUGS!!

Twirly Says. . .



Twirly is our resident pug. When she's not napping, she likes to talk. and talk. and talk! Pug health. Pug training. Pug trivia. Pug, pug, pug ... all the time!

Do you know all about pugs? Not until you hear what Twirly Says.

Pugslife shirts

All proceeds go to help keep PUGSLIFE growing

Latest Activity

Di's spoiled kids replied to Pati D'Eliseo's discussion Black Pugs and Heat Management in the group Black Pugs Unite!
"I am just now seeing this, or I may have comments back in 2009, but the thing I find interesting is that my Lizzy who is black does not feel the heat like Linus who is fawn.  I do make sure to keep them hydrated when it is really warm out, and…"
yesterday
Di's spoiled kids commented on Lizzy AKA Puglet's blog post Catch up
"So sorry to hear about Lo, but I do love the photo you posted of Lo with the rainbow.  Your daughter and Jo look cute together, and it is good your daughter was there for Jo, could be why he handled it so well.  Congrats on the up coming…"
yesterday
Di's spoiled kids commented on Lizzy AKA Puglet's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_20160414_140622

"AWW, what a great way to display your baby"
yesterday
Di's spoiled kids commented on YOGI's photo
Thumbnail

Aloha from my stroller

"So Cute, and I think you are the cool dog, the rest have to walk, you get to ride"
yesterday
Brian Riviera updated their profile
Thursday
julie foutch commented on Lizzy AKA Puglet's photo
Thumbnail

20160618_165513

"what a sweetheart,prayers are with you."
Tuesday
julie foutch liked Lizzy AKA Puglet's photo
Tuesday
julie foutch commented on Lizzy AKA Puglet's blog post Catch up
"I am so very sorry this is such sad news,please know your in my prayers,it has been a sad week as many of my dear friends have lost their Puggies and others their Bullies.I'm hoping all turns out well for you and your new little family,all the…"
Tuesday
Helena Brown updated their profile
Tuesday
Lizzy AKA Puglet posted photos
Monday
Lizzy AKA Puglet posted a photo

Best buds

Emelia and Jo going for a walk
Monday
steven prewitt liked steven prewitt's profile
Monday

© 2016   Created by Christine London-Camper.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service