6 Reliable Things to Protect Your Pet from Sunstroke in Hot Weather

    6 Reliable Things to Protect Your Pet from Sunstroke in Hot Weather
    Greg

    1:26 PM EDT, July 29, 2023, updated: 6:27 PM EDT, July 31, 2023

    The heat waves of summer make life miserable not only for humans but also for our domestic companions. Every owner of a dog or cat should know what to do to keep their pet safe when it's boiling hot outside.

    Walks

    Plan your walks at times when the temperature will be kinder to you and your pet. Avoid midday or late morning walks - that's when the sun shines the strongest. In turn, afternoon walks should not last too long. The ground is the hottest, and your dog can burn its paws. They will also feel the heat more intensely.

    Water

    If we're talking about walks, don't leave home without a bottle of water! A drink will come in handy not only for you, but also for your pet. Dogs and cats often fall victim to overheating, so it's a good idea to give your pet a drink every now and then when you're outdoors. If you want to take your pet to a meeting with friends I have good news for you - more and more restaurants and pubs have water bowls in front of the entrance for pets.

    In turn, leave a supply of water at home. If you know you'll be coming back to your apartment later, instead of one bowl of water, leave two or three dishes. This way, you reduce the risk of stroke and overheating.

    Shade

    If you let your pet out in the garden always try to provide shade. If there are no trees or shrubs outside, set up a folding chair or hang up a cloth so that your pet can cool off at any time. It is also a good idea to leave a bowl of water in this area.

    Fan

    If your apartment is constantly hot, leave your pet a fan or turn on the air conditioner. Additionally, it is a good idea to close the blinds in the windows, which will prevent the interior of the apartment from heating up too much.

    Don't leave your dog in the car

    Under no circumstances leave your dog in the car! Even if you only stop for one thing at the store - you must not leave your pet in the vehicle! Within minutes, the temperature rises in the car, and after a while your dog may collapse from fatigue and heat.

    Balloons with frozen water

    Frozen water balloons are also an interesting solution. All you need to do is pour water into an ordinary balloon and then place it in the freezer overnight. The next day, puncture the balloon and place the ice ball in a dish. The water will melt and cats and dogs can lick it off.

    How to help your pet during overheating?

    If your pet stays too long in the heat, it can lead to overheating, heat stroke, burns and gastrointestinal diseases. How can you tell if something is wrong with your pet? First of all, it will be yawning a lot and salivate, breathe fast and shallowly. Additionally you need to check whether it has an accelerated heart rate and whether its mucous membranes are not blue and sticky. Animals may also lose consciousness, become drowsy or have convulsions.

    When you notice any of the symptoms, call the appropriate help immediately. Once you've called for veterinary emergency, lay the animal on its side (only in a cool place!), gently open the muzzle and remove the tongue - this way it won't obstruct the exit to the throat. Place a damp cloth on the chest - do not splash your pet with cold water, as their body may get a shock!

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