Heat wave: how to protect our dogs, cats and pets from the heat?

While a third of France is currently on red and orange heat wave alert and heat waves are set to rise in the coming years, our pets are also suffering from rising temperatures. Environmental law obliges, if humans are responsible for global warming, it is animals, genetically less equipped to deal with high heat, that suffer the most.

In fact, people have a system of regulation of body temperature: sweat. By evaporating through the pores of the skin, sweat helps to remove heat and thus lowers our body temperature. A natural mechanism missing from our dear four -legged friends. So what about them and what advice do specialists give to provide the best comfort?

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How do dogs and cats regulate their temperature?

With only a few sweat glands between the pads of their paws, dogs and cats are unable to cool themselves sufficiently in the presence of high heat. They control their body temperature by breathing, but it costs them a lot of energy and wounds the heart. Acting as a natural barrier, against cold and against heat, animal clothing helps with thermoregulation. Contrary to a (false) accepted idea, so there is no need to cut their hair to help them cope with the summer weather.

The two furry animals are not, however, identical in their ability to resist heat. From African ancestors from desert regions, the cat has inherited genes and behaviors that make it less sensitive to high temperatures than the dog. When there is a heat wave, our cat friends will naturally take refuge in the coldest place they can find. Their urinary system also promotes better retention of ingested water than canines. But for one and for another, some tips may allow owners to improve a certain amount of heat comfort.

What actions to help dogs withstand the heat?

The most important thing is to refresh them throughout the day by always giving them a bowl of fresh water.“, explains Laura Daydie, project manager of the 30 million friends foundation.” Fresh and not cold or ice “she determines, at risk of causing them digestive disorders or thermal shock. Geo asked, the specialist makes the following recommendations:

  • Adjust walking times to cooler hours of the day (morning and evening)
  • During the walk, favor shady corners and earthen floors over the asphalt of the sidewalks (watch out for the pads!)
  • Change the bowl regularly with fresh water
  • In case of prolonged loss, leave several water points at home
  • Arrange the house to give way to a cool place, such as a tiled room
  • Refresh them with a wet towel or washcloth

If the dog is old, sick or suffering from any discomfort that makes it more sensitive to sun and heat exposure, you can use a cooling mat, or simply read a bath mat to put it on. there.

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How to comfort our cats during a heat wave?

  • Avoid releasing them during the hottest hours of the day
  • Change the bowl regularly with fresh water
  • In case of prolonged loss, leave several water points at home
  • Arrange the house to give way to a cool place
  • Refresh them with a wet towel or washcloth

If your house is small, or poorly insulated, and very hot there, you can also read a towel you put on the drying rack to make a little cool shelter, your cat is sure to take shelter there.

Finally for cats like dogs who often eat dry and dehydrated croquettes, consider soaking croquettes in water, or even mixing water -filled vegetables like cucumber pieces for example.

What symptoms should alert us?

Unlike cats, dogs sigh, but if they do it too quickly, “it’s heatstroke,” Laura Daydie warns 30 Million Friends. Do not hesitate to go to the veterinarian to ensure the good health of the animal.

Other signs that your pet is in poor shape include monitoring of the mucous membranes, lips, and perforation. If they are red, it means that your protégé is suffering from heat stroke and needs to cool him down as soon as possible and give him special attention. Be careful, if his lips turn blue or white, you should go to the veterinarian immediately. Remember to gradually cool the animal with a wet towel and set it on the road.

Hamsters, snakes, rats, what to do for NAC?

When we talk about “pets”, we always think of dogs and cats, but they are not the only companions of humans. In fact, “NAC” or “New Pets” is also a very special part of our homes. Rats, amphibians, insects or other crustaceans usually live in cages.

Thus, the best and the main advice available is to remove the cages from the windows and of course close the shutters. We can also, if necessary, place a wet towel around the cage to make it even more comfortable.

What to do if you find an animal locked in a car?

“With 30 million friends we have many reports of animals being locked in a car,” Laura Daydie added. That’s why I want to remind you that you should never leave an animal in a car, even if you are parked in the shade and the windows are open. just a few minutes, and cause the death of your animal.

In addition, if you find a dog trapped or forgotten in a car, you must contact the police immediately, or if they do not arrive quickly, you can legally surround yourself with witnesses, taking photos if necessary and break the window to save the animal.

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