Ask Dr. Mike: Dog Depression & Extreme Heat


GET READY FOR ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS OF THE YEAR, THE DOORMONT DOG GUY DIP. COMING UP ON LABOR DAY DECEMBER 2nd BEFORE THE POOL CLOSES FOR THE SEASON. DOG OWNERS CAN PAY A SMALL FOE FOR THEIR DOGS TO SPLASH IN THE POOL. YOU DO NEED TO REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME, AND HURRY, BECAUSE IT SELLS OUT EACH AND EVER YEAR. WELSHING WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DOGS NOW, AND OTHER PRESIDENTS WITH VETERINARIAN MIKE HUTCHINSON OF ANIMAL GENERAL IN CRANBERRY. HI, DR. MIKE. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BACK-TO- SCHOOL TIME AND THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT BACK-TO- SCHOOL TIME. DOGS, DO THEY GET DEPRESSED WHEN THE KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL? THEY DO. THEY’RE HIGHLY INTELLIGENT BEINGS. YOU KNOW HOW THEY GREAT US WHEN THEY COME HOME. I HAVE FIVE CHILDREN. AS THE CHILDREN GOT OLDER AND STOPPED GREETING ME, THE DOGS STILL RUN UP WITH THEIR TAILS WAGGING. WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE, THEY DO, THEY GET A BIT DEPRESSED. SOME GET MORE DEPRESSED THAN OTHERS. WE WANT TO BE AWARE OF IT. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN DO TO TRY TO PREVENT IT, AND THAT’S JUST GETTING THEM BECOME IN ROUTINE. IN THE SUMMER, THERE’S NO ROUTINE. WE’RE LAYING AROUND. LIKE YOU SAID, THE LONG DAYS OF SUMMER. WHEN SCHOOL COMES, WE’RE BACK INTO ROUTINE. I TELL PEOPLE, “YOU KNOW WHAT? TAKE THEM OUT ON THAT LEASH, THE SAME SPOT TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM SCHOOL, TAKE THEM OUT FOR NICE WALK, EXERCISE, PLAY WITH THEM. GIVE THEM ATTENTION.” AND MAYBE WHEN YOU LEAVE, YOU HAVE TO LEAVE SOME THINGS FOR THEM TO DO, SOME TOYS AND THINGS THEY CAN DO WHEN YOU’RE GONE. A REAL CHEAP, EASY THING TO DO IS GET ONE OF THOSE BIG — YOU KNOW, THE BEE-LIVE LOOKING CALM TOYS, AND GET IT SURPRISE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR DOG. AND YOU CAN FILL IT WITH CANNED SOUP, THINGS LIKE THAT, CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, AND FREEZE IT. PUT IT UP SIDE DOWN IN A CUP, PEANUT BUTTER. IT’S A WONDERFUL TREAT IN THE SUMMER TIME, AND KEEPS THEM BUSY. THAT’S CLEVER. I’M DOG-SITTING THIS WEEK. HOW ABOUT LEAVING THE TV ON? DOES THAT WORK? YEAH. I LOVE THAT. SOMETHING THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT NOT TOO LONG AGO, WHERE MUSIC AS WELL CAN HELP, CLASSICAL MUSIC, ORIENTAL MUSIC, REGGAE MUSIC. IT DEPENDS ON THE DOG. SEEMS LIKE THOSE VIBRATIONS ARE VERY GOOD FOR DOGS. SEE WHAT THEY LIKE. THEY MIGHT LIKE COUNTRY MUSIC BETTER. PLAY IT LOW AND SEE. SEE IF IT COMFORTS THEM. THE NOISE OF THE TV MIGHT COMFORT THEM ESPECIALLY IF THE KIDS ARE HOME AND THEY PLAY THE TV A LOT. THE DOGS PROBABLY GET USED TO IT. I HAVE TO BE HONEST. I HAD A DOG. HIS NAME WAS BUDDY. THIS WAS A FEW YEARS AGO. HE WAS A BRAND-NEW PUPPY, AND I HAD HIM KIND OF BLOCKED OFF IN THE KITCHEN. THAT WAS, LIKE, HIS LITTLE PLAY AREA, AND HE WOULD RUN AND BANG HIS HEAD INTO THE CABINETS. HE WAS A WETON TERRIER. SO HE WAS RAMBUNCTIOUS. I TOOK HIM PUT THE VET, AND THE VET SAID HE WAS DEPRESSED. HE WANTED TO GIVE HIM ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION. I FELT BAD. I ENDED UP RETURNING THE DOG, BECAUSE I UNDERESTIMATED HOW MUCH WORK IT WAS TO KEEP THE DOG, AND I DIDN’T WANT TO PUT HIM BACK ON HIS MEDICATION. SO DOGS, I DO THEY THINK GET DEPRESSED. I TRY TO AVOID THE MEDICATION IF WE CAN. WE HAVE DOG GUY ANTIDEPRESS ANSWER, JUST LIKE FOR PEOPLE. THAT’S THE LAST RESORT FOR ME. I WOULD TRY EVERYTHING ELSE INSTEAD. USUALLY THE ADAGE THAT A TIRED DOG IS A GOOD DOG. IF YOU’RE NOT HOME FOR A TERRIER, NOT HOME A LOT, THOSE DOGS NEED TO BE TIRED OUT. YOU NEED TO TAKE THEM OUT ALL THE TIME. THEN THEY GET TIRED, GO TO SLEEP, AND THEY’RE HAPPY. THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE MUSIC AND TIME. THERE’S THIS FUNNY PHENOMENON WITH DOGS. WHEN THEIR DOG’S HEART RATE IS ANXIETY AND FAST, WHEN YOU PET THEM, IT CALMS DOWN. THE BEST PHARMACY IN THE WORLD IS OUR BRAIN, BECAUSE IT DISTRIBUTES SO MANY GOOD NEUROCHEMICALS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. NOT ONLY DO THEY CALM DOWN. WE CALM DOWN. IT’S A REALLY GOOD MUTUAL BENEFIT. I LIKE THAT. I LIKE TO BE PET. PET ME, RON. THANK YOU. SO WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, AND — THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. AND SO, RON, HE WOULD BE AN EXPERT IN THIS. IT’S HOT NOW. SO WHAT ARE SOME TIPS, YOU KNOW, TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR ANIMALS STAY COOL? SO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE DON’T TAKE THEM IN YOUR CAR. AVOID THAT AT ALL COSTS UNLESS YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN THE CAR WITH AIR-CONDITIONING WITH THEM. THAT’S DIFFERENT. OUTSIDE, IF THEY HAVE TO BE OUTSIDE, YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE PLENTY OF SHADE ALL DAY LONG. NOT JUST MORNING SHADE. THERE’S GOT TO BE SHADE AS THE DAY GOES ON, AND PLENTY OF FRESH WATER. I EVEN LIKE THE LITTLE POOLS. LOT OF DOGS LIKE TO GO IN THEM TO COOL DOWN. THAT’S A GOOD IDEA. I PREFER THEY STAY INSIDE IN AIR-CONDITIONING. OUR PLAY TIMES ESPECIALLY IN THOSE REAL HIGH HEAT DAYS SHOULD BE EARLY IN THE MORNING, LATER IN EVENING, WHEN IT’S A LITTLE COOLER. EVEN THOSE DAYS WHERE IT’S HIGH HUMIDITY, KEEP THE DOGS INSIDE. TAKE THEM OUT TO ELIMINATE. BRING THEM BACK INSIDE, BECAUSE IT GETS TOO DANGEROUS. ARE THERE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DOGS OVERHEATING? YES. IF THEY START PANTING. THAT’S HOW THEY COOL DOWN. THEIR MINOR BALL BODY TEMPERATURE IS 100 DEGREES TO 102 DEGREES. IF IT’S 98 DEGREES OUT, THEY CAN’T COOL DOWN. THERE’S NOT ENOUGH COOLING IN THE AIR. THE SIGNS WOULD BE DROOLING, STRINGING SALIVA, THINGS LIKE THAT. LAYING DOWN, LOOKING DESPERATE. THOSE DOGS ARE IN TROUBLE. I ALWAYS REPUBLICAN YOU GET SOME COOL WATER ON THEIR NECK AND FEET AREAS. SOMETIMES SOAK A TOWEL WITH COOL WATER. PUT IT AROUND THEM. TAKE THE TEMPERATURE. CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE THAT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS. WHAT ABOUT A HAIRCUT? DOES THAT WORK, TO GET SOME OF THE FUR OFF? I LOVE THAT QUESTION. THE FUR INSULATE THEM FROM SUN AND COLD. SOMETIMES IF YOU GET THEM TOO SHORT, YOU DO THE WRONG THING. THEN THEY GET SUNBURN AND PROBLEMS LIKE THAT. THINNING OUT THE COAT IS A GOOD THING. THE DOOMERS ARE USUALLY VERY, VERY GOOD AT THAT. I DO RECOMMEND THAT IF YOU’RE DOING IT UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A GROOMER. VERY FEW GROOMERS WILL SHAVE THEM RIGHT DOWN, BECAUSE THAT JUST CAUSES PROBLEMS. YOU SHAVED YOUR BEARD. THERE YOU GO. THANKS SO MUCH, DR. MIKE. FOR MORE OF DR. MIKE’S HELPFUL ADVICE FOR PET OWNERS, VISIT HIM AT HIS PRACTICE, ANIMAL GENERAL AT CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP.

2 comments on “Ask Dr. Mike: Dog Depression & Extreme Heat”

  1. Noise Pollution says:

    I have unsubbed from cbspittsburgh so many times already. Yet for some reason I stay subscribed. YouTube is cancer. I’m about to file a complaint with the AG.

  2. Norwall says:

    Impressive video, Keep up the great work. 👍

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