|This auto-waterer is for sale for about $24.00 US. There are many other varieties inclduing one which uses a two liter soda borrle your provide and only has the base. This can be used indoors, or even outdoors in a shaded region.|
For larger animals, I use a smaller durable bucket. For alpacas I use a large plastic bucket for this purpose, and for dogs, I use a smaller one.
|This is a flat back Fortex brand bucket which I use for alpacas waters.|
Our vet says that sometimes, purchasing a large bag of ice and periodically adding some to dog water on really hot days can be a good idea. She says that even an hour in really extreme heat can turn a dogs bucketed water into very hot water he will not drink. She says the ice can make the water in the container drinkable for the dog longer than it would have been.
I have a lot of inexpensive thermometers hung in our kennel and in a couple of hidden places where we rotate larger dogs on the farm as sentries. These areas can get much hotter than you might otherwise believe. You must make arrangements for even outdoor dogs who normally tolerate sun quite well, for shade in extreme weathers.
|( The plan for this particular run in can be purchased through horseloversstore.com )|
|( This is their scaled down 8 x 12 version. Plans can be purchased at horseloversstore.com )|
The picture above is an artist's rendering of a horse run in. We have a couple of these on the farm in outlying areas for alpacas. This year, my husband built one, scaled down, for our large golden retriever male, Ben. Ben's doghouse when he does sentry duty is way too hot for summer, but a scaled down run in, offers shade, and allows air circulation. When it gets a little cooler, we plan to build an additional one for Skye, who also does outlying sentry duty.
|This is another version of a hot weather dog house. The overhang can be a good idea for a dog in hot weather.|
|The two pictures immediately above and below this label came from:||http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2009/10/24-free-dog-house-plans-peaked-roof-a-frames-dog-shelters-kennels-and-more|
If a dog is ever disoriented, in warm weather, then he needs to come indoors to a cooler location. We keep one air conditioned room for supplies, and we have been known to allow an elderly dog to rest there, or in an indoor room in extreme heat. Dogs also should not go for a run with you, if they are already headed for heat exhaustion. Remember that animals develop heat exhaustion little by little usually over days, not just on one day. Their dehydration is usually progressive over days.
I do make sure that my alpacas have salt blocks in all weathers. Vets tell us that dogs and cats do not require additional salt and that it can be toxic for them.
I did learn something this week about chickens though. Normally chickens receive plenty of salt from their food sources. However, a breeder from Texas indicated to me that when temperatures reach 105-110 or 115 F that chickens benefit from having three things available to them as well as their normal rations. One is plenty of cool water. Second is a small dish of lemon gatorade for energy and shock. Third is a very small dish of water with two pinches of salt. Apparently a little bit of salt in extreme weather can be beneficial to them. We have not lost any additional chickens to heat exhaustion since we began doing this in very hot weather. It is now our "extreme hot weather protocol for chickens". We have not done this with ducks.