Heatwave and heat wave: dog, cat, hen, cow … How to protect animals?

Animals also suffer from heat. Here’s how to protect them. (© ML / Actu.fr)

Announced temperatures burning this week. We are talking about more than 30 degrees in Rennes, and in the North, 40 in Nantes, and in Toulouse … All of France is affected.

And if humans are at risk of sweating well, there is no doubt that the animals, too, will get very hot.

But where a human can eat ice cream, or drizzle in a pool when it’s too hot, how do you cool your dog, cat, rabbit, bird, hen, cows, or even turtle?

What are the warning signs?

What you need to know is that apart from horses, very few animals sweat. Thus, heat can be very difficult for dogs to experience, for example, and especially when they are very young or very old.

To cool off, animals have a rudimentary system: they breathe harder, to force blood circulation. “A sort of jerky panting,” said Estelle Prietz, a veterinarian in the Var who was contacted by actu.fr.

This is the first sign that a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and many other animals are hot. A bird will also have its beak open, but it will also have ruffled feathers.

And it doesn’t stop there. In case of a real heat stroke – « which can be fatalyesterday I had a dog in consultation who died, ”says the veterinarian – the animal may suffer from diarrhea or even turn blue.

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“If so, there is no question, there is an emergency,” she said. Further, how to anticipate and help your pet cool off ?

First reflex: keep the animal cool

This may seem logical, but the first thing to do is allow the animal to move to a cool place.

Out of the question to leave your pet outside, or in a car for example. You have to let it in for it to settle on the tile for example.

Estelle PrietzThe vet in Var

Regarding farm animals, if it is really too hot, it is recommended to leave them cool in their barneven if the conditions in a large field and in a garden are not the same: more wind and, in general, a lot of shade.

“Especially since large animals know how to regulate their temperature better.” Maybe a horse will need more showers than usual, though, ”says the vet.

And for chickens, “in most chicken coops, it’s too hot.” We need to make sure that there is a good shade in the open air, ”says Estelle Prietz.

Wet it if necessary

If it’s too hot, even indoors, then don’t hesitate wet the animal. But not in any way.

Unless he is really in danger, he is not forced to bathe. This could create stress and aggravate the situation. Instead, wet a glove or towel and pet the animal.

Estelle PrietzThe vet in Var

More attention: avec warm water, otherwise I could have a shock and the situation could get worse. “That’s why it’s not recommended to wet them with a hose,” said the vet.

No effort and morning or late walks

Another important thing for your pet when it is too hot : it must be taken out either early in the morning or late in the evening.

During the day, the temperatures are too high and the bitumen that your dog will deposit is probably too hot for its fragile cushions. “Dogs are often brought to me with their paws burned,” says Estelle Prietz.

Ditto, it’s not about going for a walk with your dog in the heat, or “you could end up walking with your dog.”

Food adapter

Again, for cows and other farm animals, there is no real need to change habits. On the other hand, for the little ones, you have to adapt, especially in food.

“If the heat episode lasts a long time, the animals will eat less. Do not hesitate to wet their croquettes a little or change for pate ”continues Estelle Prietz.

Since it is impossible to force a beast to drink, it is basically hydrated without it realizing it.

Nevertheless, any animal must have water at all times.

In case of heat stroke, mandatory passage in the veto

If your furry or feathered companion has a heat stroke, freshening it up can help, but it won’t be enough.

It is necessary it is imperative to take him to the vet. It can treat any complications such as cerebral edema, heart problems, kidney failure, etc.

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