For this week, extreme temperatures were forecast for our province above 40° C. Juan Enrique Romero, head of the National Program for Responsible Ownership and Health of Dogs and Cats (ProTenencia) of the Ministry of Health of the Nation, gave some recommendations for take care of our animals in the face of extreme heat.

Dogs

The inability of dogs to self-regulate the temperature “is aggravated with natural dogs, such as the French and English bulldogs, their compensatory capacity for heat is much less,” warned Dr. Romero.

As for dogs in general, he suggested:

  • Don’t tie them up and let them choose where they want to be.
  • Do not subject them to inappropriate exercises at unusual times.
  • Walk in moderation and choose early morning or sunset.
  • Do not leave them in the car when you are going to run an errand, since the temperature rise inside a vehicle is much faster.

cats

“We will see that cats with heat lick themselves much more. His shower has to do with covering his entire body with saliva,” Romero said of the cats.

And recommended:

  • Leave water available in various offers. Not necessarily icy but fresh and renewed.
  • Let them do their own thing and find a place.
  • Do not disturb them at inappropriate times.
  • The less they move the better they will compensate the temperature.

What to do in the event of a heat stroke with a dog or cat

Doctor Romero remarked that heat stroke is a situation of emergency and urgency.

  • See a vet urgently
  • Pay attention if the pet is in a stupor: “If he is groggy, staggering, has bloodshot mucous membranes, or tachycardia, we urgently take him to the vet.”
  • Cooling pets can be wet headand that it is not necessary to cut their hair.
  • let’s not kill the animals thinking that (the hair) gives them heat. They have seasonal shedding, in summer they lose hair and that microclimate that is generated in that layer is what allows them to compensate for the temperature better than when they are bare”, he explained.

Turtles, guinea pigs and rabbits

Veterinary doctor Verónica Eisenberg explained:

  • “Non-traditional pets have care guidelines that are the same as traditional pets.
  • “They always have to be in places that have a good temperature, have water available, do not spend a lot of time in the sun and have shelter for the shade.”
  • “If it’s an animal like a turtle or an iguana, which is used to heat, you have to keep in mind that it’s also bad for them to suddenly move them to places where it’s very cold.”

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