A must-have on these intensely hot days protect our furry friends from high temperatures and sun rays. Unlike humans, pets do not sweat, instead they use breathing as a cooling mechanism for the body. it costs them more to regulate the temperature and stay cool.
Career scholar Nicolás Escobar UDLA Viña del Mar Headquarters Veterinaryexplains that special attention should always be paid to the sun and heat when caring for pets, as they can be affected by risky situations for their health if the relevant measures are not taken to protect them, for example, heatstroke, sunstroke, and dehydrationeven conditions that can be serious or fatal.
“It is also difficult for pets to endure high temperatures. Their fur, anatomical condition, age and state of health can be decisive when faced with a heatwave.For this reason, it is important that their guardians take certain precautions so that animals are not exposed to the sun for a long time or are not left in poorly ventilated places.
Escobar also explained that the so-called brachycephalic species with a flat and broad head and a very small nose are more prone to misuse high temperatures due to breathing difficulties. In this group Persian cats, bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese and boxers. Likewise, elderly pets with heart or respiratory problems, overweight or malnourished are also at risk.
How can you help your pet during heat waves?
- Always keep cool, ventilated and shaded places for pets to rest and protect themselves from the sun, both inside and outside the home. Houses, beds and cages should always be in the shade.
- Ventilate the places where the pet spends the night. In case of too much heat, a fan or air conditioner can help regulate the temperature.
- Must be day and night fresh, cold and plentiful water. This should not be kept in the sun and should be changed frequently during the day. You can add ice to cool it. Have several fountains in different parts of the house.
- Never walk a pet during maximum hot hours, preferably early in the morning or at night. Do not leave them in a sun-exposed, poorly ventilated, tied or locked car. Avoid taking them to the beach during high radiation hours. Don’t forget when you go for a walk Bring a bottle of water or a portable drinker.
- Dogs and cats with white, light-colored and fine fur should avoid exposure to the sun. It is recommended to use sunscreen on them, which must be prescribed by a veterinarian.
- for warning signs such as See a veterinarian immediately as excessive breathing (intense and without rest), purple discoloration of mucous membranes, disorientation, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, rapid breathing, vomiting or diarrhea, these can be signs of serious heat stroke.
- If the heat is excessive, moisten the animal’s plantar area or cushions and chest. control body temperature.
- Bathing or getting a haircut can also be a good option, but always consult a veterinarian beforehand.
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