Lola has taken to sleeping on the hearth of the fireplace. that in itself isn't the problem, the problem is that she falls asleep, and then starts panting and turning pink, so we move her away. and she lies there, panting, until she's cool again. it doesn't even wake her up. then she moves right back to the fire, and the cycle starts again. if the fire is off, she'll sleep on the heater vents. i don't think those are a problem, but i'm worried that she'll make herself sick with heat exhaustion from the fire. is this a valid concern? anyone have any theories as to why she doesn't remover herself from the heat when she starts panting like that?

-kelly
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Lola has taken to sleeping on the hearth of the fireplace. that in itself isn't the problem, the problem is ... anyone have any theories as to why she doesn't remover herself from the heat when she starts panting like that?

We have a similar situation with the Whippets, who sleep under the covers curled up next to a human or each other until they pant. Sometimes their near naked bellies are hot to the touch, and I am not exaggerating. We assumed they stay under there when they're panting because their branes are baked, but perhaps not. If we had a gas fire, they'd be in 7th heaven. They love to visit our friends, who have a wood stove, and whose dogs bake their branes in front of it. I think some dogs just really love the heat. I doubt that Lola will actually make herself sick from heat exhaustion.

Mustang Sally
I think some dogs just really love the heat. I doubt that Lola will actually make herself sick from heat exhaustion. Mustang Sally

Clovis certainly is one of those dogs. But we only have electric heat. She seems to always be cold. Do dogs often have poor circulation?
Gwen
Lola has taken to sleeping on the hearth of the fireplace. that in itself isn't the problem, the problem is ... anyone have any theories as to why she doesn't remover herself from the heat when she starts panting like that?

When I lived in OR I had a wood stove and my dog would lay so close at times she would touch it (scary) any dog that came to visit did the same and they are all fine.. I wouldn't worry to much about it, Hell I would lay directly in front of the heat too with the crazy weather you guys have been geting this winter..
Michelle
Lola has taken to sleeping on the hearth of the fireplace. that in itself isn't the problem, the problem is ... anyone have any theories as to why she doesn't remover herself from the heat when she starts panting like that?

Our chihuahuas are heat-seeking missiles. They lie in front of or on the heat grates and in front of the fire if a lap isn't readily available. They want to be covered when they are lying on my lap, even after they start panting. Chihuahuas cool off a lot more rapidly than PBs, though, so I don't know if it would be a problem for Lola. I suspect she'd wake up and move if she approached heat exhaustion.
FurPaw

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Our dogs sleep right in front of our gas fireplace during the winter. At times they are even touching the glass screen. Like Lola they start panting and actually get hot to the touch, but make no effort to move. I haven't noticed any problems with our dogs as a result and I have to think that they would move if they were uncomfortable, so we let them go.

Paul
Our cat does this in front of the woodstove. We call it "baking himself into a stupor" lol, because he gets groggy . He seems to be ok though.
I think some dogs just really love the heat. I doubt that Lola will actually make herself sick from heat exhaustion. Mustang Sally

Clovis certainly is one of those dogs. But we only have electric heat. She seems to always be cold. Do dogs often have poor circulation?

that's an interesting question. when our heater oil ran out at the old place, we'd put a heating pad in Lola's crate, under her crate pad. she slept on it all night and was reluctant to leave her crate in the morning. maybe Clovis needs an electric blanket? :-)
-kelly
We have a similar situation with the Whippets, who sleep under the covers curled up next to a human or ... think some dogs just really love the heat. I doubt that Lola will actually make herself sick from heat exhaustion.

thanks for the reassurance. it must be something about dogs with naked bellies, because Manu, with his fuzzy belly, doesn't have the same problem.

-kelly
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