Keeping Pugs Cool is a Matter of Life and Death!

Hi dear friends!

Keeping us dogs cool when it’s hot is VERY IMPORTANT and can really be a matter of life and death.

Hot temperatures pose a lethal threat to all dogs. We dogs do a much better job of keeping in heat than releasing it. This can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stoke- which is deadly.

Our mom’s vet friend shared a very scary story with us this week.
A black lab came into her emergency clinic with heat stroke after a walk in the hot weather. Heat stroke is deadly. The poor dog was pooping blood and he is now fighting for his life. We send him so much love to pull through and heal well. We’re sharing this post so that we can all take heat stroke and heat exhaustion very seriously.
Click here to know how to spot heat exhaustion and know how to help a dog who is over heated.
Mom’s vet friend said, “Don’t feel bad about not getting out for your daily walk when it is hot. Stay in, keep cool and keep your dogs healthy and safe!!!

After hearing the story of the lab this thing that really scared our mom: We pugs are short nosed (brachycephalic) dogs and we can overheat even more easily than other breeds! This means that basic precautions may not be enough. In the pug world keeping cool is serious business and we must be vigilant! (Click here if you want to know more about why brachycephalic dogs have a harder time cooling.)

Here are our preventative tips that can help keep all pets cool when it is hot.
We sincerely hope that this helps you never have to treat a dog for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

1. Always leave out enough fresh water for drinking.

2. Be aware that short nosed dogs overheat fastest and black dogs and dark dogs get hot faster than lighter colored dogs.

3. Keep a close eye on dogs during the heat. If they are panting, take steps to cool them and their environment immediately before they really over heat. See below for tips on that, but never use ice to cool your pet. Use cool water.

4. Make sure your dog’s environment is cool enough.


  • Use air conditioning! If you live in a place that gets above 80 degrees fahrenheit and you have a pug, we believe you need at least one room that is air conditioned. ***Be prepared for power outages*** If your dog or dogs are home alone in the a/c make sure a neighbor with a key can go over and check on them if the power goes out.
  • If for any reason you cannot have one room with a/c, you can use fans, but you will need to be able to wet down your dog often during hot times and  you will need to be home to monitor them.
  • We use air conditioning at our house, but here are a few cooling tools that seem to effectively help other dogs keep cool. Let us know if you use any other these cooling tools! A Cooling blanket, a Cooling Pad- great for senior dogs. You can make make your own, too. A Cooling Vest. Here’s another awesome cooling vest diy project sent to us by Payton’s Mom!


  • Make sure you dog has shade. You can make a shady spot using a tent or tarp.
  • Set up sprinklers or misters to make the air cool.
  • Put out a shallow kiddie/doggie pool- plastic molded (not blow up). Make sure to keep an eye on your dog around water and empty the pool when it is not in use.
  • If you have a lot of property, allow dogs a place to dig and make a cool spot to lay (this is one of their natural ways to be cool).
  • Keep dogs calm and relaxed.

4. NEVER leave your dog in a car unattended! Cars become like ovens! Even if it is just 70 degrees out, the inside of a car can be way over 100! That is deadly and should never happen, not even for a second. Here is a list of other deadly risks that we can all accommodate or avoid all together.

5. If it’s cool enough to go out and play, but still warm, take precautions. Click here and scroll down for our trusty list of staying safe and cool when were are out in summer.

Here’s hoping you are all well and staying cool!
Make sure to share all of your tips in the comments below!
Pug hugs and love ~ Gretta Rose and the whole Pugs and Kisses fam

pugsandkisses - July 3, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Thanks for the great tips, Southern Fried Pugs!!! xxoo

Southern Fried Pugs - June 27, 2014 - 9:08 pm

When we were younger and needed more exercise, mom would take us to pet stores like Petsmart and Petco to walk around. We would get our exercise and mental stimulation in walking around the store in the air conditioning when it was super hot. That also works in the winter!

Now, we swim in a blow up pool in our back yard. Mom has steps inside and outside the pool so we can get in and out on our own. We are never outside unattended, either. Isabelle, our senior sister, only swims with mom in a life jacket. She’s black, has arthritis and a collapsing trachea. No walks for her anymore. So she swims laps with mom for a few minutes then floats around in a baby floatie with mom. It’s good for her joints and keeps her cool.

Great tips!

Payton's mom - June 27, 2014 - 7:47 pm

These are all important tips for all dogs, pugs especially!

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