How to take care of our pets in times of high heat? Dogs in particular are more sensitive to it than us humans and require our vigilance. Catherine Stas, veterinarian in Niort, gives us advice.
“Dogs suffer more from heat than we do because they don’t sweat. They only have respiration to regulate their temperature.“explains Catherine Stas, veterinarian in Niort.
Animal victims of heat stroke, she is frequently called upon to treat, especially in summer. With the early heat waves this spring, several cases have already arisen, as she explained to us in this article. Here are some tips for taking care of our walking companions.
“These heat strokes in animals are often due to the negligence of their masters” notes Catherine Stas. “When you go for a walk in the middle of a dodger or you drive the car with the windows ajar, it can be good for you, but the dog can find himself in pain.“.
Make sure the dog has a shady spot and water available. Go out for a walk when it’s cool and avoid car trips in the trunk, don’t let him roast on the beach. Saving your dog heat stroke just requires being attentive to it.
A harbinger of his distress: he is panting much faster than usual. In this case, you can help him regulate his temperature by surrounding him with damp towels.
Farm animals are generally kept out of the heat. The sheds that house chickens or pigs are extremely automated and the temperatures are controlled and controlled.
And those raised in the open air benefit from the attention of farmers: “Farmers are trained to observe the stress of their animals. They know their animals well. They know how to manage all that very well, and it is in their interest because if they let their cattle suffer from the heat, it would reduce their yield” explains Catherine Stas.
Independent, the cat knows how to find cool places where it can purr with ease despite the heat.
As for rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs, anacondas and other pets in captivity, they are generally installed in our interiors where it is cooler and are therefore spared from heat stroke.
However, if you take the idea of crossing France with your hamster in a cage in the trunk of your car, you might find it dry and shriveled at the end of the trip…