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Mini Aussie Gets Overheated Easily


Hi, We have a predominantly indoor Aussie. We live in an apartment so she is indoors most of the day. When we do take her out, it seems that she absolutely cannot tolerate warm weather; and will race for the house. We of course offer her plenty of water, but she doesn't indulge in it. We bought a cooling mat, but sadly, she put a bite in it.

Has anyone experienced this?

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Overheated aussie
by: Anonymous

My one year old mini is the same, easily overheated, even indoors sometimes. We live by a lake, so he goes for a dip to cool off. But also keeping the dog's coat wet especially around the head and neck can help. A wet bandana, a spray bottle, etc. I believe there are also cooling sheets for dogs to wear, but don't have a source for you, sorry.
If you can, take your dog out early in the morning or late in the day when it's cooler.
Also, maybe investigate whether it is just being outdoors in the big wide world that is the problem - the panting could be stress related.

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