How do I protect my pet in extreme temperatures?

The higher the temperature, the greater the stress on the body. This applies not only to us humans, but also to our four-legged friends. Obviously, you should offer your pet plenty to drink when the weather is hot. But what can you do? What is important to know? What are the tricks to make the animal feel better?

The Berlin animal shelter is well versed in how to take care of a pet and what four-legged friends need to be happy. “Dogs and cats only have sweat glands on their paws,” says Pet Shelter spokeswoman Pete Kaminsky. “That’s why they have to compensate for the high body temperature by panting. For dogs, for example, there is a risk of death of about 41 degrees.”

And for that reason at least, one of the most important rules of summer is this: Never leave your pet in the car. Not even in the shade, not even for a short time, not even with the window open a little. There is a danger of heat stroke! Pete Kaminsky warns that “even if the outside temperature is only 20 degrees, the car heats up to 46 degrees in the car within an hour, and at higher temperatures it goes faster in return.” In fact, you are risking the life of your pet if you leave it alone in the car. “Every year dogs that are left in the car die,” says the animal rights activist.

What do cats and dogs need when it’s hot?

“It’s ideal for your animal to choose whether it wants to be indoors or outdoors,” says Beate Kaminski. “Of course, shady spots are important. Also make sure the water is always fresh and not stagnant.” Spores can multiply in standing water for a long time.

Cats do not like temperatures above 35 degrees. The warmer they are outside, the more they clean themselves and lick their fur – this is how they make evaporative cooling. In addition, the cat becomes sluggish and tries to avoid any unnecessary movement. Give her that! Offer more wet food as this allows your cat to take in extra fluids.

On the other hand, dogs enjoy a cold bath. Hard shells or paddling pools for dogs are well suited, because inflatable pools do not last long because of the claws. Instead, a garden hose will do the trick. Excuse your cat from it, though; Very few cats like to shower or bathe.

If possible, walk your dog in the early morning and late evening hours when it’s cold and the sun isn’t too hot. It is better to look for a path that has enough shade.

This is not only more fun in general, but also has a very special background, as a spokeswoman for the animal shelter explains: “Asphalt and paved sidewalks heat up quickly in the summer. At 30 degrees air temperature, it warms up to 60 degrees. This can cause Burns because dogs – unlike us – walk barefoot. So, if in doubt, please test the floor temperature with your palm before going for a walk. If you’re too hot, so is your dog.”

“You can also walk,” recommends Beate Kaminski. “Even if your dog likes to run alongside your bike, the stress on him is too high from an outside temperature of 20 degrees.” If your dog is wearing a muzzle, always make sure it is large enough for your dog to pant.

By the way: Did you know that dogs love ice cream? Yes, they pounce on her gleefully. So Animal Shelter spokeswoman Beate Kaminski advises: “Make your own ice cream for dogs by filling small baking molds or plastic cups with natural yogurt, liver sausage or canned foods and freezing it.”

What do rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles need?

In addition to fresh water, rodents need a lot of fresh greens (grass, herbs, lettuce), which they also use to drink fluids. Since rabbits and guinea pigs usually cannot move around as freely as dogs and cats, you should make sure that the little friends have places to retreat and shade.

“Cages and enclosures should never be left in the hot sun, whether in the apartment or in the garden outside,” says Pyat Kaminsky. “The wet sheets and towels on top of them provide shade.” But leave enough room on the sides for air to circulate.

Birds and reptiles are especially happy with the opportunity to take a shower and of course, shaded hiding places where they can rest. Check in the terrarium if you have turned off the heat lamp. The bird cage should be placed out of direct sunlight. Consider offering your pet some fresh fruit or vegetables, but only in moderation.

The following applies to all animals: Be careful with fans. They do not cool the room air, but the surfaces – that is, we are our skin. And just like humans, pets can catch a cold or develop conjunctivitis. Animals that cannot stay away from the draft are especially at risk.

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