How do you refresh your dog or cat during this week’s heatwave?

In the next few days we will be warm. Very hot. According to Météo-France, a heat wave will hit the south of France this week with very high temperatures of 30 ° C. This warm air reaches France through the Southwest before spreading all the way halfway, then north.

For the southern half, the peak will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with 35 to 39 ° C or even 40 ° C locally. In these difficult climatic conditions, we need to protect ourselves, especially and especially to pay attention to the pets that share on a daily basis. Here’s how to put one together for use with your hair.

Why do they suffer from heat and who are most sensitive?

The main thing to do is to watch. Since they don’t sweat like we do, it’s less obvious. He will be careful. In fact, dogs regulate their temperature by breathing through their mouths and are very sensitive to the effects of heat, especially very young animals: puppies and kittens, very old and heart patients.

According to the SPA, among the fragile species are those with a crushed nose such as bulldogs or Persian cats that have more difficulty breathing in normal times, as well as very hairy dogs such as Newfoundland or huskies that suffer more from heat. So open your eyes.

What are the symptoms of a heat stroke?

If your pet is agitated, breathing very, very hard, panting heavily, drooling, having diarrhea, or regurgitating, he or she may be hit by a heat stroke. Also according to the SPA, the animal may have very red, brick-colored gums. In this case, a veterinarian should be consulted as soon as possible.

The later you go, the less chance you have of saving it. The temperature of a dog is around 38, 39 degrees. On top of that, you have to worry and get her to the emergency room when she reaches 40 degrees.

What are the main tips for protecting them?

To best protect your pet, you need to allow it to cool down by doubling or even tripling their water ration or too cold, and especially not frozen. It should be hydrated several times a day. For example, you can wet your dog’s head, neck or chest. Your dog avoids heatstroke if it is cool in the house, shutters closed and with a fan close to where he sleeps.

For walks, they should be done early in the morning and late in the evening, during the hottest hours of the day. “A short half-hour outing in an air-conditioned car is a good solution for old dogs!” indicates a veterinarian. It is also important to prefer foods that contain water such as potatoes, cooked vegetables: zucchini or green beans.

The cat, being from the warm countries, can withstand the heat much better. He enjoys being refreshed with a mister, just like the ferret. If you have rabbits, watch them too. These little animals can’t stand the heat. You can also put small water pairs on window sills, pour les oiseaux. And as for humans, against the “heat stroke”, nothing is worth the rest.

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