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October 2011 Weddings

Dog People

Has anyone heard, or practices, cooling your dog down with rubbing alcohol? A friend on FB was told to do this by a stranger while out walking his dog. Needless to say he was confused. After reading up on it a little it just doesn't seem safe. Plus I have this sad, disturbing image of a dog acidentaly going up in flames because of being doused in it. It is a flammable substance and all that. Thoughts?
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Re: Dog People

  • ooh - I've never heard of that and I was pre-vet for most of my college career. I would do some research or call your local vet and ask about that. Dogs cool down via their tongue, so some cool water would be good for that.
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    We don't have a dog. : we have a cat but I grew up with dogs and around dogs. No one did this. We always used water to cool them off and made sure they drank. Texas summers are brutal. My friend has an ice pack collor for her dog when they go on walks. I did read up on it and I think I'll just stick to water.
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  • Did it say online that it was good for them? I don't know about that, what if they wanted to lick it off. Then again I don't cool my dog off on my short 10 minute walks with her everyday. I'm not the best dog owner.. 
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    I read some stuff that said it was and others that said it wasn't. I didn't even think what would happen if the dog started licking themselves.
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  • I am a horse vet and do this all the time with overheating horses, it helps them dissipate the heat since rubbing alcohol evaporates faster than water.  However, horses don't usually lick themselves and also sweat to get rid of heat, unlike dogs.  I think I'd just stick with some cool water or ice for an overheating dog. 
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