You’re hot ? Imagine if you had a coat! With this heat peak, it is important to think about our little companions. Here are ten tips to prevent pets from suffering too much from scorching temperatures.
Pets also suffer from the effects of heat, and their bodies are less effective than humans at regulating their temperature: “cats and dogs primarily evacuate heat through their breathing and breathing. That’s why ventilation is very important to them,” contextualizes the doctor. Jean-Jérôme Ménard, from City Véto Port Marianne. With the high temperatures expected in the coming days, here are ten tips for maintaining your companions.
1Choose cool times for excursions
Animals are closer to the ground than we are. And the tar rises rapidly in temperature and accumulates heat, which it emits for hours. During heat waves it is advisable to “prefer cool hours to take them out”, explains doctor Emmanuelle Bréard, veterinarian at the Aiguelongue clinic, so better in the evening or in the morning. Which also encourages dog owners to choose shady places to go, as well as to “Avoid running them or hiking in hot weather.”
2Watch out for pillows!
Cats and dogs have small pillows on the tips of their paws. And these are fragile, sensitive to high temperatures. Bitumen and some tiles can rise very high in temperature. You should avoid parking for an extended period of time with an animal on this type of surface. “There are creams to apply to the tips of the paws to prevent burns,” concludes Dr. Bréard. Do not hesitate to wet the paws before going out or after returning from a walk, to help the temperature drop.
3Make sure your animals always have fresh water available
Like us, pets need to be hydrated regularly throughout the day. It is therefore advisable to ensure that they always have fresh water available. “Do not hesitate to change the water very regularly during the day. And offer them a drink regularly, they will not necessarily think about it.”insists doctor Jean-Jérôme Ménard, from City Véto Port Marianne in Montpellier.
4Prioritize wet feed
And the water bowl is not the only possible source of hydration: “It is possible to wet the croquettes a little to give them an extra supply of water”, explains Dr. Ménard. It is also possible to give moss, richer in water. who adds: “But for the most sensitive, you should avoid changing your diet too much during this period. For digestion is often more difficult in hot weather, and you should avoid diarrhea, which dehydrates a little more.” Dr. Bréard clarifies that it is even possible to add a little water to the bog.
5Provide a cool place
Animals also need respite on these very hot days. Do not hesitate to move the basket to a cooler place: the basement or cellar for those who have it. Otherwise, it may be helpful to place ice blocks under the basket or in a towel to give the animal a cool corner.
6Take care of the car
You should never leave your pet in a car, not even in the shade, even with air conditioning on! On these burning days, the temperature can rise very quickly. And the cabin of a car is by definition a poorly ventilated place. If you see an animal in a vehicle and it appears to be in danger, call the police! Since a 1999 law, they have the right to break into a car where an animal is in danger.
7Beware of sunburn for white animals!
It is a little known danger, but white pets can also get sunburned and eventually develop skin cancer. White animals have the special feature of having particularly thin skin and therefore vulnerable to the most exposed places: especially the nose and ears. Just like children, cats and dogs do not want to protect themselves from this danger, so it is up to the masters to think about it. And if you’re really scared of your tokat’s white ears, “there are specific sunscreens for pets that can be found in veterinarians’ offices”concludes Emmanuelle Bréard.
8Do not hesitate to sprinkle it with water
To avoid heat stroke, it is possible to spray your companion regularly. With a fog, for the more adventurous:“it is possible to cool them by wrapping them in a damp towel”, explains Dr. Ménard. It is even possible to bathe them, but be careful not to expose them to a thermal shock with water that is too cold!
9It is possible to cut the belly of your dog
If you want to relieve your dog companion, this may be the solution: trim (or get it done for the more careful) hair on his stomach. “The hair is a thermal insulator. A thick layer of hair therefore interferes with the heat exchange between the body and the outside“, explains Doctor Ménard. A little waxing, not for the sweater, but for it to cool off more easily!
10Spot heatstroke on your pet
As with humans, young and old animals are more susceptible to heat stroke. Brachicephalic dogs (those with flat noses, such as bulldogs or boxers) are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke due to their difficulty breathing (breathing is the primary mechanism for regulating the temperature in cats and pets). Dogs, we remind you). If your pet is completely lethargic, breathes violently, or moves unusually, it may suffer from heat stroke. You can monitor its temperature (38 ° 5C in cats as in dogs). And if in doubt, call your veterinarian who will give you the right advice.