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30 May 2006 @ 01:54 pm
Not such a big fan of summer weather  
Hey everyone. This is my first summer with my boston terrier, Danger. He is almost 4 years old and he weighs 26 pounds. (First off, is that too large for a boston?). I am a little worried about the summer heat and how it will effect Danger. I go outside to clean out my pool and I am out there for less than 5 minutes and I put Danger in his fenced area and I have to stop what I am doing and let him inside because he is panting so much. Is this normal? And what can I do to prevent him for getting so hot? And also what are some signs that he is getting too hot? I just want to make sure that he is alright outside. Please help!!!

 
 
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Loving Life: Boston's Rulellinthesand on May 30th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Awwww, he is a cutie! My babies are Lilo & Stitch --- they both weight 26 lbs... that is a normal size for Boston's... but half of the ones here are smaller. As long as their bodies are in proportion to their heads there is no need for worry. hehehe

Mine get overheated easily too. Boston's can't be outside doggers. If you bring a bowl of water with ice out it may help him stay out longer with you... I've done that before.
Danielle Leighheavenleigh0325 on May 30th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he doesn't like to be outside at all. I always feel so bad because when I do go outside and leave him inside he standing up on my head looking out the window, barking at me. I think once he gets outside and realizes how hot it it, he wants to go right back in~ LOL

I love your icon.
raymiewraymiew on May 30th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Albus is 30lbs. We were at the vet just today and she said he was fine. Said he might be able to lose 2lbs, but he was still ok.

I hate the heat so Albus usually makes it longer than I do. I think they make cooling pads too that he could lay on.
Danielle Leigh: Songheavenleigh0325 on May 30th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
OK, I didn't know if 26 pounds was too heavy. My vet said that he could lose a little weight. I guess he is ok then.

Yeah, I am not a big fan of the heat either but I like to be outside for more than 5 minutes. LOL
azwildcatazwildcat on May 30th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Petey's 40lbs. But he is the Shaq of Boston Terriers... lol And he's a bit of a freak and LOVES the heat. In the middle of the summer (I live in Tucson, AZ it's 100+ here) he lays in our back yard during the day. He loves it.

But I agree with the water with ice and the cooling pads. Those help Lucy, our other pooch, not a BT, who tends to overheat.
Sara Rae: Darth Lucysarakenobi on May 30th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
it helps to know what size your dog is, the bigger the dog the more it is ok. he might be on the heavy side and need to excersize more, our lucy is overweight and now on a feeding schedule. she could stand to lose 1-2 lbs, its not a big deal, but considering she is 17lbs and small... it kind of is for her health. ANYWHO. when we let Lucy outside to play and its insanely hot we put out lots of water with ice cubes in it. sometimes we turned the sprinklers on so she could run around in it if she gothot, and some people usea kiddie pool filled with cold water. lots of shade and lots of water is good no matter what the dog. and BTs are pansies :) so they don't like to get too hot or too cold regardless, so its important to watch them. we walk Lucy after dark so she isn't such a drama queen during the summer.
laradrumzlaradrumz on May 30th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Boston Terrier "standard" size is 10-25 lbs with three classes of size: 10-15, 15-20, and 20-25. Sounds like Danger is just in the last category!

As far as outside...bt's can't stand extreme cold or extreme hot. I know when I'll be outside with Jack, I usually bring lots of water. And occationally wet him down. The sprinkler idea is also a good one. It is pretty normal for him to be panting...but I'm sure he can survive more than 5 mins depending on the temp with water at his disposal.

You have an adorable boston!