WINNIPEG – If the heat is affecting you, it’s most likely affecting your four-legged friend too.
That’s the message from Dr. Erika Anseeuw, Director of Animal Health for the Winnipeg Human Society.
Anseeuw says if you can, avoid pavement when walking your dogs and don’t go for a long walk.
She tells 680 CJOB some pooches feel the heat more than others.
“The ones that have the biggest amount of trouble are the really short faced dogs. The Shih Tzu’s, Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers, they have more trouble. Dogs with dark hair coats, the sun is just murder on them compared to lighter shades of dogs.”
Anseeuw adds shaving your dog’s coat won’t improve their ability to stay cool. She recommends giving them lots of water and shade.
Keeping Cool Without A/C
On a day like today walking into an air conditioned room feels rather nice.
But what happens if you don’t have A/C at home?
Sometimes we like to open the windows to try to cool down our rooms, but Guelph-based energy conservation advocate Evan Ferrari says that won’t do any good.
“Close your windows as soon as the outside temperature is hotter than the inside temperature. And then you keep them closed and consider ceiling fans. You may even consider using just the furnace fan without the heat, obviously, to circulate the cooler air.”
Ferrari points out that our ancestors didn’t have air conditioning and made due. He says most of them had awnings over windows and light-coloured curtains to help cut down the heat.
Another way to make things more bearable is to not make things worse for yourself.
“If you’re adding heat to an already hot situation inside your house, it probably won’t make you any cooler,” Ferrari explains. “You want to plan dinners that try not to use the stove.”
Ferrari recommends eating fruits and vegetables and to avoid running any major appliances (like dishwashers or washing machines) until late in the evening.