It’s getting warm in Germany. You can find out here how you can protect your pets from heat stroke, dehydration and the like.
Not only people, but also pets can have problems with high temperatures in summer. Dogs, guinea pigs or birds should therefore be protected from the blazing sun and always have enough liquid. Pet owners should note the following tips from the German Animal Welfare Association and other experts:
Give pets plenty of fluids
In contrast to humans, dogs, cats, hamsters and the like cannot cool down by sweating, but primarily by panting and drinking. Sufficient liquid is therefore vital to protect the animals from dehydration and a life-threatening rise in body temperature.
Note the changed position of the sun
Rabbits, guinea pigs and ornamental birds whose cages or enclosures are exposed to the blazing sun are among the most common heat victims. Pets should always be able to retreat to a shady spot. It should be noted that the position of the sun changes during the day. Shady little houses, cool stone slabs or damp towels over the enclosure are also helpful. By the way, dogs should not be clipped too short in summer, as they can get sunburn on hairless areas.
Heat stroke symptoms and when to see the vet
If there is a lack of shade, fresh air and sufficient drinking water, the animals will accumulate heat, which can quickly lead to heat stroke. In rodents and rabbits, for example, temperatures of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius can already lead to collapse. Glassy eyes, a deep red tongue, and stretched-out hackles are signs that a dog is being severely affected by the heat. Vomiting, loss of balance and loss of consciousness indicate heat stroke. In cats, this can be recognized by restlessness, increased heartbeat and increased temperature or by the fact that the animals are panting heavily on their stomachs. If you have these symptoms, go to the vet as soon as possible.
Avoid draughts, despite the heat
Pets need fresh air when it’s hot, but cages shouldn’t be in a draught. Because what makes the hot temperatures more bearable for people can lead to serious illnesses in animals.
When it is very hot, walking should be done in the cooler morning and evening hours and, if possible, in shady parks or wooded areas. The same applies to horseback rides.
Don’t leave animals in the car
Animals should never be left in the car while their master or mistress goes shopping or eating ice cream. After all, the high temperatures quickly turn the interior into an oven. The consequences for the animal are lack of oxygen, nausea and circulatory problems up to circulatory failure. In the worst case, an agonizing death threatens. An open sunroof or a window ajar is not enough to cool you down, even if the car is in the shade.
Provide cooling when driving
Unavoidable car journeys should be made during the cooler times of the day and night. The transport boxes should ensure good air exchange, windows should remain open while driving. A sufficient supply of drinking water and light-colored cloths, which can be moistened and used as cold compresses or cage covers, also belong in the luggage. Ice packs from the fridge can be placed in the box.
Provide bathing opportunities for birds
If you provide birds with a bathing house, you should change the water frequently. Birds not using bathhouses can be carefully sprayed with water.
Carefully refill aquariums cold
The water in the aquarium can heat up life-threateningly for the fish. If necessary, cold water should be carefully refilled.
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