Beat the Heat: Preventing and Managing Heat Exhaustion

By Anne Taguchi | Last Updated: July 25, 2021

Dogs get more heat intolerant in general as they grow older, and the saying goes that a dog that has already had a heat exhaustion or heat stroke incident will likely be heat sensitive forever.

This appeared to be the case with my old Weim, Riley. He suffered from heat exhaustion at a field trial several years ago. It was so hot that day that I dunked my head in a nasty horse trough to get my head cooled down.

The lesson here? (That is, besides the fact that vanity vanishes pretty fast when you are faced with a quick way to cool down.) Pay attention to your dog. If YOU are starting to feel so uncomfortable in the heat that you are willing to dunk your head in a horse trough, it means your Weim is probably more uncomfortable than you and potentially in a dangerous situation! Heat exhaustion leads to heat stroke, and heat stroke can kill.

Managing Heat Exhaustion

Take Quick Action If You See Any Of The Following

What To Do If Your Weim Gets To This Point

Preventing Heat Exhaustion

What About Gear?

It sounded so good in concept I had to try a cooling bed. In concept it worked… except it lasted a day, and apparently those who wrote reviews on Amazon had the same experience; i.e., the dogs ate it. Enough said.

A cooling collar is next on my list. I like the idea of the “artificial perspiration” but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to leave my dog unattended with it on.

Psst!! Do it Your Selfers!

You’ll see it at dog shows all the time. Go buy a chamois (or “shammy”), yes, like the kind you use for your car, wet it and drape it over your dog to keep him nice and cool. Sew on some velcro strips so it stays on, and voila, your own home made cool coat!

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One response to “Beat the Heat: Preventing and Managing Heat Exhaustion”

  1. Michele says:

    I have a mix weim ridgeback and he has many weim traits. Weight and heat exhaustion are so critical. There may be something about this breed but he hates summer walks. He’s pulling to go inside and lags behind. So we swim in the summer or shaded trail walks. Winter he perks up like he’s a different dog. He was 30 lbs over weight yes, 30 but now that he’s lost that his energy level is back and he is loving our cool weather. I’m debating on a second dog but he is so sensitive I’m not sure if he’s get super jealous we’ll see.

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