Heat: dogs, cats and guinea pigs – how to help pets

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This is how you make heat bearable for dogs, cats, and the like

Updated: 07/18/2022, 02:00 PM

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Dog, cat and rabbit: how to spend the summer

Dog, cat and rabbit: how to spend the summer

Pets are not easy in the summer. Especially during the summer months, it is especially important that some species are able to regulate their temperature balance.

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Not only humans, but animals also suffer from heat. How to make summer bearable for dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and their partners.

  • Heat is not only a burden to humans, but also a burden to many pets
  • To prevent them from getting sick, some measures must be taken
  • Our tips show how you can help your four-legged friends

Regardless of the temperature, there are many ways people can calm down. Pets Less flexible – and more dependent on their breeders trying to keep them in a species-appropriate manner when the weather is hot. It is especially important to have the opportunity for some species during the summer months temperature balance to settle.

It also depends on individual needs. Free range cats have more options than the specific types associated with a heated attic apartment. Likewise, dogs with very thick fur have different needs than short-haired companions. We show what pet owners are in summer temperatures And watch out for heat waves.


Heat: This is how cats go through the summer

The Germans’ most popular pet is also the most fussy of the summer. Because the cat can move freely. “It’s often active in the evening when it’s cooler,” says Norbert Holtenrich, president of the Central Association of Zoologists in Germany. “If she’s lying around the house during the day, the heat isn’t a problem for her.”

As long as you let the cat empty spaces. “An animal must be able to choose,” says Leah Schmitz of the German Animal Welfare Association. Means: Leave the bathroom open, maybe the cellar door too. So that the cat can search for a cool place. “It becomes difficult when the animal does not have these options and it becomes warm in the apartment,” says Holthenreich. Then you can rub the wet cat.

Although cats don’t drink much, you should make sure they drink enough water when it’s hot. “If the keepers fed them wet food, the animals would also have to eat less water,” says Leah Schmitz. It should be noted, however, that wet food spoils faster in the heat.

How do you take care of dogs in the heat?

Everything and the end of everything: the dog in heat Not in the car to let go. “Never. This puts the animal in mortal danger,” says Holthenrich. It also doesn’t help to leave the windows open.

to me Walk The following applies: Morning and evening walks. “Just go for a short walk in the middle of the day and pick the trails in the shade,” Schmitz says. Not only the circulatory system of the animal suffers – walking on hot asphalt can be very painful for the claws. Significant exertion, such as letting your dog run next to the bike, is completely taboo when the temperatures are high.

Heat: dogs can’t sweat

Even if the weather seems bearable to you, you should not overwhelm your dog. Because dogs, like many animals, cannot sweat. They regulate their temperature balance by breathing: when the temperature is high, they gasp. So you should pay special attention to your four-legged friend in summer.

Norbert Holtenrich advises anyone who cannot prevent walking in the heat to take a private walk Bottle of water On the go, to which a receptacle is also connected. At home, the following applies: like a cat, a dog must be able to choose where to live: indoors or outdoors, sun or shade. “It’s best for him to have a large bowl of water that he can dip his nose into,” Holthenreich says.

Signs that your dog is severely overheated are intense panting. It is also possible for the animal to have a vitreous appearance or to change the color of the mucous membrane in the mouth and tongue. In the worst cases, vomiting and balance disturbances can also occur. Then the owners should go to the vet immediately.

with lighter High temperature You can cool the animal’s legs, claws, and head slowly with a damp cloth, “but don’t put it under cold water,” Schmitz says.

Rabbits and guinea pigs are particularly sensitive to heat

Small animals sometimes have a harder time than dogs and cats – they can’t easily find a cooler place. The following applies to rabbits and guinea pigs in apartments: the cage should not be exposed to direct sunlight, that is, it should not be placed by the window. This also applies to packages located outside. The roofs are often covered with bitumen direct sunlight Temperatures are 50, 60 degrees in the barn,” says Holthenrich.

Mobile outer packaging must be partially in the shadow stand up. An umbrella will work, too. “But you have to remember that the sun is moving,” Schmitz says. To calm the animals, keepers can place a wet towel over the cage, both indoors and outdoors. “Cold stone slabs or sand in the barn can have a cooling effect on the animals,” Schmitz says. Animals that can dig underground cool themselves in tunnels or pits.

Rabbits and guinea pigs will with a lot fresh feed Feeding, they need less water. “But if they are usually given dry food and straw, owners shouldn’t suddenly switch to fresh food just because of the heat,” says Leah Schmitz. Your digestion can’t handle that.

Badgers and turtles: this is how they go through summer

Parrots and turtles can handle heat well. “The turtle likes this sunbathing At 30 degrees,” says Holthenrich. “It also needs this for armor and bones.” But it also needs to be able to cool, for example in a water bowl.

The parrot originally comes from Australia, and the heat does not bother it either. He has another problem in the summer: drafts. “If the owner opens the window because of the heat and the cage is on the train, the animal will quickly catch a cold or conjunctivitis,” says Holthenreich. His summer advice to parrot owners: “Spray the animal with water spray bottle. She will spread her wings and enjoy life.”

This article was first published on morgenpost.de.

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