Protecting pets from the heat: important tips for hot days

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How to help your pet on hot days

On hot days, it’s important to always provide plenty of water for dogs and other pets.

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It’s hot in Germany. You can learn here how you can protect your pets from heatstroke, dehydration and the like.

Not only people, but also pets can have problems with high temperatures in summer. Therefore, dogs, guinea pigs or birds must be protected from the hot sun and always have enough liquid. Pet owners should consider the following advice from the German Association for the Protection of Animals and other experts:

Give pets plenty of fluids

Unlike humans, dogs, cats, hamsters and the like cannot cool themselves by sweating, but mostly by panting and drinking. Adequate fluid is therefore vital to protect animals from dehydration and life-threatening increases in body temperature.

Note the changed position of the sun

Rabbits, guinea pigs and ornamental birds whose cages or enclosures are exposed to the hot sun are among the most common victims of heatstroke. Pets must always be able to retreat to a shaded area. It should be noted that the position of the sun changes during the day. Shade houses, cool stone slabs or wet towels over the enclosure are also helpful. By the way, dogs should not be trimmed too close in the summer, as they can get sunburned on hairless areas.

Heat stroke symptoms and when to visit the vet

If there is a lack of shade, fresh air and adequate drinking water, animals will build up heat, which can quickly lead to heat stroke. In rodents and rabbits, for example, temperatures of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius can lead to collapse. Glassy eyes, a deep red tongue and panting with a strained throat 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, an increased heart rate and 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’s hot, but cages should not be under load. Because what makes high temperatures more bearable for humans can lead to serious diseases in animals.

Postpone the rides

When it is very hot, walking should be done in the cooler morning and evening hours and, if possible, in shady parks or wooded areas. The same goes for horse riding.

Do not leave animals in the car

Animals should never be left in the car while their master or mistress goes shopping or eats ice cream. Besides, the high temperatures transform the interior into an oven after a while. The consequences for the animal are lack of oxygen, nausea and circulatory problems up to circulatory failure. In the worst case, a painful death is threatened. An open sunroof or a half-open window is not enough to cool you off, even if the car is in the shade.

Provide cooling while driving

Unavoidable car journeys should be made during the cooler hours of the day and night. Transport boxes must ensure good air exchange, windows must be kept open while driving. In the luggage there is also a sufficient amount of drinking water and light-colored cloths, which can be moistened and used as cold compresses or cage covers. Ice packs from the refrigerator can be placed in the box.

Provide swimming opportunities for birds

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

Carefully fill the aquariums cold

The water in the aquarium can become dangerously hot for the life of the fish. If necessary, the cold water must be refilled carefully.

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