Pets, whether dogs, cats or NACs, like any living thing, can suffer during hot summer heat. Indeed, just like us, they are vulnerable to heat and can be affected by dehydration or other more severe disorders.
Here are some tips to help you spot the signs that should warn you and to react in an emergency. You will also find some very simple tips for protect your animals from heat and spend a summer in all serenity.
How do I know when my pet is too hot?
First of all, it is important that you are able to recognize the signs that your pet is too hot.
One of the first effects of too much heat exposure is sunstroke. It is very easily recognizable, your animal will have wet hair, panting very close together and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea phenomena can also occur.
The most common symptom that you should watch out for is your pet’s breathing who may breathe heavily. If your pet becomes very agitated or his gums are turning red, these are again signs that should worry you.
The most sensitive animals are those suffering from pathologies, in particular cardiac pathologies, where the older. You should therefore pay particular attention to them and monitor them closely during the summer season.
Regarding New Pets or NAC, the symptoms are often localized in the digestive system with diarrhea. They too may suffer from shortness of breath and panting.
It is very important to know how protect your pet from the heat and how to take care of him during the summer period.
Regarding dogs and cats, they are not able to regulate their body temperature in the same way as us, but they are able to manage themselves if they have enough to hydrate. You must provide them with one, or even several bowls of water in several rooms of the house. Make sure to cool your home by closing the shutters and leaving a window open. You can also spray their faces and bodies with cool water and provide them with a refreshing mat for lower their body temperature. Feed them mash or jelly to make sure your animals are hydrating properly.
Also avoid long walks on the road which could burn your dog’s paws, do not take your animals out during the hottest hours of the day and especially do not leave them in your car.
Regarding NACs, especially rodents, check that they have enough to hydrate and keep them away from the sun’s rays, but also drafts. You can also place a damp cloth on their cage to give them a little freshness.
Your fish can also suffer from the heat. To take care of them, pay particular attention to the temperature of the water, which if it gets too high can lead to the formation of algae, which is harmful to your fish.
Finally, if you have birds make sure they have enough to drink and do not position the cage in a draft.
If despite all these precautions your animal still suffers from sunstroke or from dehydration, it’s important to know the right gestures to act quickly.
In any case, the first thing to do is to bring freshness to your animal, using a damp blanket for example, you can also refresh your pet by placing it in a tub with its legs submerged in the water. In this case, to avoid too sudden a thermal shock, act gradually, use lukewarm water first, then increasingly cold water.
You should also try to get your pet to drink as much as possible. Place it in a cool room, away from direct sunlight, where you can have a fan. You must then very quickly take your companion to the vet who can give your animal an infusion to rehydrate it effectively. During the journey, try as much as possible to keep it cool to try to lower its high temperature.
You are now in possession of all the information to recognize the signs that show that your pet is too hot, you also know all the tips to protect him during the hot summer months and to enjoy with him in all serenity this beautiful season. Do not forget our recommendations if, despite all your precautions, your animal is a victim of heat, do not underestimate its symptoms and take it to the vet.
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