Protecting pets from the heat: Important tips on hot days

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How to help your pet during hot days

On hot days, it is always important to provide dogs and other pets with enough water.

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It’s getting warmer in Germany. Here you can find out how you can protect your pets from heat stroke, dehydration and the like.

Not only people, but also pets can have problems with the summer heat. Therefore dogs, guinea pigs or birds should be protected from the hot sun and always have enough fluids. Pet owners should note the following tips from the German Animal Welfare Association and other experts:

Give pets plenty of fluids

Unlike humans, dogs, cats, hamsters, and the like cannot be calmed down by sweating, but mainly by panting and drinking. Sufficient fluid is therefore vital to protect animals from dehydration and life-threatening hyperthermia.

Note the changing position of the sun

Rabbits, guinea pigs, and pet birds whose cages or enclosures are exposed to the scorching sun are among the most common heat victims. Pets should always be able to retreat to a shaded location. It should be noted that the position of the sun changes during the day. Shaded small houses, cool stone slabs, or wet towels over the enclosure are also useful. By the way, dogs should not be clipped too short in the summer, as they can get sunburned on hairless areas.

Heat stroke symptoms and when to see the vet

If there is a lack of shade, fresh air and adequate drinking water, the animals will accumulate heat, which can quickly lead to heat stroke. In rodents and rabbits, for example, temperatures from 25 to 28 ° C can lead to breakdown. Glass eyes, a deep red tongue, and a panting that extends from the neck are signs that a dog is 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, an increase in 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 drafts, despite the heat

Pets need fresh air when it is hot, but cages should not be in a draft. Because what makes higher temperatures more bearable for people can lead to serious diseases in animals.

Postponing the walk

When it is very hot, walks should be done in the cool morning and evening hours and, if possible, in shaded parks or wooded areas. The same applies to horse riding.

Don’t leave animals in the car

Animals should never be left in the car while their master or lover is out shopping or eating ice cream. After all, high temperatures turn the interior into an oven after only a short time. The consequences for the animal are lack of oxygen, nausea, circulatory problems, even circulatory failure. In the worst case, a painful death threatens. Having a sunroof or an open window is not enough to cool you, even if the car is in the shade.

Provide cooling when driving

Car trips are inevitable during the cooler times of the day and night. Transfer boxes should ensure good air exchange, and windows should remain open while driving. Adequate supplies of drinking water and light-colored fabrics, which can be moistened and used as cold compresses or cage covers, also belong to baggage. Ice bags from the refrigerator can be placed in the box.

Providing bathing opportunities for birds

If you provide the birds with a bathing house, you should change the water frequently. Birds that do not use baths can be carefully sprayed with water.

Carefully refill cold aquariums

The water in the tank can heat up to life-threatening conditions for the fish. If necessary, cold water should be carefully refilled.

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