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Old 12-05-2014, 04:17 PM
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Question Can dogs make themselves ill sitting by a heat source?

Bodhi will sit in front of our fire till she is literally panting heavily. And she will continue to lay there till I worry and physically make her move. She feels very hot to the touch.

It can't be good for her?!!! She will move eventually to a cooler place before going back for more.

She's practically cooking herself....
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:20 PM
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No idea, but Ru lived on an electric heating pad set to 'high' for years before I got him an actual heated dog bed. He would be incredibly toasty when I picked him up, but hasn't had any ill effects from all the cooking.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:27 PM
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I think if they were really hot, they'd move. Their fur is a great insulator, even the short stuff. The outside might be toasty hot, but the body is still just comfortable.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:36 PM
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I wouldn't worry. My uncle said his dogs used to sit so close their fur would singe. Not sure if he was exaggerating or not, but still I don't think they'll actually hurt themselves. Right now we don't have any heat so bought a space heater. When I walk into the living room there is always at least one cat sitting an inch in front of it staring into it like it's their life source. Willie tried to reach inside the other day, that's probably not a good idea.
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:09 PM
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Agreed that as long as she can and does move away if she chooses, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:35 PM
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Middie would agree with everyone here. He parks himself on front of the space heater when it's on max for hours.

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Old 12-05-2014, 09:29 PM
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I wouldn't worry as long as she has the choice of staying or moving. The Siamese cat we had as kids could never get warm enough - he'd sit on radiators, on top of floor vents, and once, he parked himself among the pots cooking on the stove.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:41 AM
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Well.... She's just a nutter then!! I'm sure her collar was close to melting last night!! Our log burner kicks out some heat!!
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:49 PM
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Ozzy likes to cook himself as well. He parks himself in front of the space heater and gets very offended if you make him move. I think it's an older dog thing. Joints hurt more in the cold, and none of my other dogs care for the heat.

He'll try to literally crawl behind my moms wood stove. When we don't let him do that, he'll either lay right up against the side or right in front of it.
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My guys lays in front of the gas heater too, and right up to it. For my heater I thought it was scorching hot, but I decide to lay in the same spot, and it is a bitter cooler than I had thought b/c the hot air would rise quickly when exiting the vent.
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