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Heat discomfort is not limited to humans. Metropolitan veterinarians recommend following simple rules to prevent heatstroke in animals.

Sunny weather is expected in the capital in the coming days, the thermometers will show plus 30 degrees. Heat discomfort can be experienced not only by people, but also by pets. Moreover, the body temperature of cats, dogs, birds, rabbits and rodents is higher than that of humans, and some may have poorly developed thermoregulation. Metropolitan veterinarians recommend following simple safety rules to prevent sun or heat stroke in animals.

According to experts from the capital Veterinary Committee, Do not leave pets for a long time in unventilated rooms and in no case should they be closed in a parked car under the scorching sun. At home, it is imperative to ventilate the room in which the pet spends the most time. When traveling by car, veterinarians recommend setting the optimum temperature in the cabin. In the cool, the pet will feel better, but the animal should not be supercooled either. If the trip is long, then periodically you can make stops and take short walks to give the animal a breath of fresh air.

On hot days, the pet should be provided with fresh water, wherever he is: at home, on a walk, in the country or on a trip with the owner. In addition, you will need to be more careful about how fresh food you give to the animal. Home-cooked food or open canned food spoil faster in summer. Experts advise to carefully monitor the contents of the feeders and not allow the windy pieces to remain there.

Veterinarians point out that it is very important to follow the walking regimen. In summer, it is better to walk your pet early in the morning or in the evening, when the sun is no longer so scorching. It is best to stay at home at midday and avoid strenuous physical activity.

Seasonal haircuts will help keep your furry friends healthy in the summer heat. Grooming (taking care of the animal’s coat, claws, eyes and ears) is not only part of the mandatory hygienic care, but also the maintenance of the aesthetic appearance. The owners can independently carry out all the procedures or contact specialists.

How to recognize heatstroke

The main signs of heatstroke in an animal are lethargy, heavy and rapid breathing with a protruding tongue, trembling. It is dangerous for his health and life. First of all, in such situations, the pet should be given water and transferred to a cool place.

If trouble happened in the country, then pouring from a garden hose will not be beneficial. This is dangerous – a jet of water under high pressure can injure an animal. It is not recommended to water your pet with ice water, it can get overcooled.

Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters should not be bathed even in hot weather, as they will experience stress from this. For rodents, pour cool water into the bottom of a wide bowl or basin and place the pet there so that the liquid barely covers the paws. The paws of cats can be slightly moistened.

Overheating is also undesirable for reptiles. On hot days, it is better for them to turn off the heating lamps in the terrariums and leave only the ultraviolet light.

If you notice that your pet has become less active during the heat, it is worth seeing a specialist. There are 26 state veterinary clinics in the capital. For advice and services, you can pre-make an appointment with the veterinarian online on the portal, In the mobile application “Moscow State Services” or by phone: +7 (495) 612-04-25.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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