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No AC - will he be okay at home?

Hey guys, I might be a little overly worried here but I'm worried about leaving Ry at home while I go to work in this heat. Tomorrow the high is supposed to be 94 and we don't have AC - it started with us wanting to not turn it on to save energy and now it is just plain broken. We have a fan we can leave running all day for him and I can leave tons of water and stuff - but is this too hot for him to be in the apartment during the day? Am I just crazy? All this talk about dogs overheating in cars and etc is making me worry so much! I suppose its not like it'll be any cooler if I am here with him...
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I think he will be fine if you make sure you close your drapes or blinds make it dark as possible in the apartment leave the fan for him. I dont have a/c and because my sisters dog is in heat Jige has to spend lots of time in his crate. I have a fan on him to keep him comfortable.
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Well......to be honest, I'd be a bit concerned, as well.

If you have to leave him, I'd make sure there is plenty of venilation--every fan going you have. And I'd also freeze big chunks of water so he'll have cool water once it starts melting, hopefully all day. Or you can freeze water in a milk jug--and then put that in a big thing of water to help keep it cooler.

I'd also freeze a kong to give to him as well.

Can you go check on him at lunch? Or do you have to leave him for 8 hours or so?
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Maybe invest in one of those cool beds?? There is a thread about them... Might provide him some relief

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When I lived in Mass, most of the house do not have AC, or just have it in one room. My three dogs were always fine in the 90 100 degree weather. Keep blinds shut, keep fans on, and keep a big pot of water. Keep the bathroom door open. My great Pyrenees would sleep in the bathtub or against it.

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You can try something like this, it'll help you keep cool too. I bought my grandma one a couple years back and it still runs great. Not as cool as an AC, but definitely cooler than a fan, and pretty cheap too, it's well worth the money. I'm considering buying myself a personal one just to save a bit of energy on AC, though it hasn't been hot at all this summer so far.

http://www.amazon.com/SPT-SF-608R-Portable-Evaporative-Cooler/dp/B000OKHY2S/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1340943513&sr=8-5&keywords=portable+air+conditioner
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You can try something like this, it'll help you keep cool too. I bought my grandma one a couple years back and it still runs great. Not as cool as an AC, but definitely cooler than a fan, and pretty cheap too, it's well worth the money. I'm considering buying myself a personal one just to save a bit of energy on AC, though it hasn't been hot at all this summer so far.

Amazon.com: SPT SF-608R Portable Evaporative Air Cooler: Home & Kitchen
I think between this and a cool bed you'll have one very grateful pup on your hands.

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Since your dog is obviously used to to not having AC, I'm sure he'll be fine. Leave plenty of water, close the drapes/blinds and I think that Cool Bed Melissa mentioned is a great idea.

Hank was outside with me most of yesterday and it was close 100F, he laid in the shade while I watered the landscaping and cleaned the pool.

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You've gotten good advice - I was also going to make the Cool Bed suggestion.

Maybe also put bowls of water around the apartment, so he can drink wherever he is.

If you leave a fan on, make sure it is in a really secure spot and can't fall or catch fire or anything. They sell fans now that have no blades. Expensive, but much safer.

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You can try something like this, it'll help you keep cool too. I bought my grandma one a couple years back and it still runs great. Not as cool as an AC, but definitely cooler than a fan, and pretty cheap too, it's well worth the money. I'm considering buying myself a personal one just to save a bit of energy on AC, though it hasn't been hot at all this summer so far.

Amazon.com: SPT SF-608R Portable Evaporative Air Cooler: Home & Kitchen
These are great, I have one, BUT they don't work in humid areas. They work by putting humidity into the air. So if you live somewhere where you are already really humid and miserable, this will only make it more humid.

I say go with lots of water, fans. I've also used frozen 2L around so they can lay against it. If you have tile/linoleum he'll probably lay on that to keep cool. Get a cool bed if you can. Maybe wet him down before you leave? Again, that would work here in the dry climate, not sure about Pittsburgh?

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