Pets, whether they are dogs, cats or Exotic Pets, like any other living being, can suffer during the hot summer weather. Indeed, just like us, they are vulnerable to heat and can suffer from dehydration or other more severe disorders.
Here are some tips to help you spot the warning signs and react in case of emergency. You will also find some very simple tips to keep your pets safe from the heat and have a peaceful summer.
How do I know when my pet is too hot?
First of all, it’s important that you are able to recognize the signs that your pet is overheated.
One of the first effects of too much heat exposure is heat stroke. It is very easy to recognize, your pet will have a wet coat, very close panting and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea may also occur.
The most common symptom that you will need to watch out for is your pet’s breathing, which may be heavy. If your pet becomes very agitated or its gums become red, these are also signs that should worry you.
The most sensitive animals are those who suffer from pathologies, especially cardiac pathologies, or the oldest ones. You will have to pay special attention to them and keep a close eye on them during the summer season.
Concerning the New Pets or Exotic Pet, the symptoms are often located at the level of the digestive system with diarrheas. They can also suffer from shortness of breath and panting.
How can I protect my pet from the heat?
It is very important to know how to protect your pet from the heat and how to take care of it during the summer.
Dogs and cats are not able to regulate their body temperature the same way we do, but they can manage on their own if they have enough water. You should provide them with one or more water bowls in several rooms of the house. Keep your home cool by closing the blinds and leaving a window open. You can also spray their faces and bodies with cool water and provide them with a cooling mat to lower their body temperature. Feed your pets mash or jelly to make sure they are properly hydrated.
Also, avoid long walks on the road that could burn your dog’s paws, do not take your pets out during the hottest part of the day and especially do not leave them in your car.
For Exotic Pets, especially rodents, make sure they have enough water and keep them out of the sun and drafts. You can also place a damp cloth over their cage to keep them cool.
Your fish can also suffer from the heat. To take care of them, pay attention to the water temperature, which if it becomes too high can lead to the formation of algae, harmful to your fish.
Finally, if you have birds, make sure they have something to drink and do not place the cage in a draft.
How should I react when my pet gets sunstroke or dehydrated?
If, despite all these precautions, your pet still suffers from sunstroke or dehydration, it is important to know what to do to act quickly.
In any case, the first thing to do is to bring freshness to your pet, using a wet blanket for example, you can also refresh your pet by placing it in a bathtub with its legs immersed in water. In this case, to avoid a brutal thermal shock, act progressively, first using lukewarm water, then colder and colder water.
You should also try to make your pet drink as much as possible. Put him in a cool room, away from the sun, where you can use a fan. You should then quickly take your pet to the veterinarian, who will be able to give your pet an IV to rehydrate it effectively. During the trip, try to keep your pet cool as much as possible to try to bring down its high temperature.
You now have all the information you need to recognize the signs that your pet is overheated, and you also know all the tips to protect your pet during the summer heat and to enjoy this beautiful season with your pet in complete serenity. Don’t forget our recommendations if, despite all your precautions, your pet is a victim of the heat, don’t underestimate its symptoms and take it to the veterinarian.