Are you hot? Just imagine if you had a coat! With what little warmth, it is important to think nos petits compagnons. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe from heatstroke.
Pets can also suffer from the effects of heat and their bodies are less effective than humans at regulating their temperature: “Cats and dogs dissipate heat mainly through their breathing and panting. That’s why that ventilation is very important for them “, contextualizes Dr. Jean-Jérôme Ménard, from City Véto Port Marianne. With the best temperatures expected in the coming days, here are ten tips for preserving your companions.
1Focus on cool hours for outings
Animals are closer to the ground than we are. And the tar quickly rises in temperature, accumulating heat that it returns for hours. In times of heat, it is appropriate to “Prefer cool hours for outings”, explains Dr. Emmanuelle Bréard, a veterinarian at the Aiguelongue Clinic, so rather in the evening or in the morning. Which also encourages dog owners to choose shady walking places as well as at “Avoid running them or hiking in the heat.”
2Watch out for the pads!
Cats and dogs have small pads on their paws. And those are fragile, sensitive to other temperatures. Bitumen and certain paths can be raised to very high temperatures. Avoid parking for a long time with an animal on this type of surface. “There are creams to be applied to the ends of the legs to prevent burns,” completes Dr. Bréard. Also, do not hesitate to wet their legs before going out or on the way back, to help lower the temperature.
3Make sure your pets always have fresh water available
Like us, pets need hydration on a regular basis, they still have a long day. It is therefore important to make sure that they always have fresh water available. “Don’t hesitate to change the water very regularly during the day. And offer them a drink regularly, they won’t necessarily think about it.”insists Dr. Jean-Jérôme Ménard, of the City Veto Port Marianne in Montpellier.
4Prefer moist food
And the water bowl is not the only possible source of hydration: “It is possible to slightly wet the croquettes to make an extra supply of water”, explains Dr. Ménard. It is possible to give patee, plus riche en eau. Who adds: “But for the more sensitive, you need to avoid changing your diet too much during this period. Because digestion is often more difficult in hot weather, and you need to avoid diarrhea that dehydrates a little more.” Dr. Brard points out that it is even possible to add a little water to the pate.
5Provide a cool place
Animals need a break in these hot days. So don’t hesitate to move the basket to a cooler place: the cellar or cellar for those who have one. Otherwise, it may be helpful to place ice cream loaves under the basket or in a towel so that the animal has a cool corner.
6Watch out for the car
Never leave your pet in a car, even in the shade, even with the air conditioning on! On these hot days, the temperature can rise very quickly. Et l’habitacle d’une voiture is by definition a poorly ventilated place. And I see an animal in a vehicle, and it seems in danger, call the forces of order! Under a 1999 law, they have the right to open it by breaking into a car in which an animal is in danger.
7Beware of sunburns for white animals!
This is a little-known danger, but white pets can also get sunburns and eventually develop skin cancers. White animals have the peculiarity of having particularly thin skin and therefore vulnerable to the most exposed places: the snout and ears in particular. Like children, cats and naked dogs will not protect themselves from this danger, so it is up to teachers to think about it. And you’re really worried about your tomcat’s white ears, “There are specific sunscreens for pets, which are in veterinary offices”complete Emmanuelle Bréard.
8Do not hesitate to spray it with water
To avoid the heat, it is possible to spray your partner regularly. Cu a mister, for the most daring:“It is possible to cool them by wrapping them in a damp towel”, explains Dr. Ménard. It is even possible to shower them but be careful not to subject them to thermal shock with too cold water!
9It is possible to mow your dog’s belly
If you want to relieve your canine companion, this can be THE solution: cut his belly hair (or have it done for the most cautious). “Le poil is a thermal insulator. A thick layer of hair therefore interferes with the heat exchange between the body and the outside“, explains Dr. Ménard. A small hair removal, not for the jersey but for him allowed him to cool down more easily!
10Spot the heat in your pet
As with humans, young and old animals are more susceptible to heat stroke. Brachycephalic dogs (those with a flat nose, such as bulldogs or boxers) are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke due to their difficulty breathing (respiration is the main mechanism that allows temperature regulation in cats and cats). dogs, it is recalled). If your pet is completely apathetic, panting heavily, or shaking unusually, he or she may be hit by a heat stroke. You can monitor the temperature (38 ° 5C in cats as well as in dogs). And if in doubt, call your veterinarian, who will give you good advice.