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Employees of city shelters received additional instructions – they are able to recognize signs of overheating and provide first aid to animals.
Extreme heat persists in Moscow. High temperatures and bright sun can be dangerous to animals. Therefore, the city shelters were instructed to pay special attention to the conditions of keeping dogs and cats.
“In Moscow, the state of animals in city shelters is strictly monitored. Experts have developed a range of activities to help dogs and cats get through the hot days. Particular attention is paid to protecting animals from overheating: in all shelters, the amount of drinking water has been increased and the walking schedule has been changed, ”she said.
Dogs tolerate heat worst of all: they have few sweat glands, which are necessary for thermoregulation. The main thing is to prevent overheating, as this can provoke heatstroke.
“You can recognize heatstroke in a dog by such signs as lethargy, heavy rapid breathing with a protruding tongue, trembling. If this happens, then we instantly refer the animal to a veterinarian who provides him with medical assistance. Fortunately, such cases were avoided during the last wave of extremely high temperatures, ”says Maria Agranat, animal socialization specialist at the Zorasvet shelter.
Employees of city shelters received additional instructions – they are able to recognize signs of overheating and provide first aid to animals. In such cases, the tailed are given fresh water to drink, their paws are lowered into cool water and taken to a well-ventilated room.
Fresh water and shade
In hot weather, shelters are closely monitored to ensure that animals always have fresh water. Drinkers are renewed four to five times a day.
We also changed the walking mode. Dogs are released from the enclosures early in the morning and in the evening, when the sun is not so active. The walking areas have large water tanks for the animals to bathe.
While the dogs are out and about, the cages are wet cleaned, bowls are cleaned, and fresh hay is laid. And to protect them from direct sunlight, the aviaries are hung with a cloth or camouflage net.
“We use all kinds of measures recommended by veterinarians to make life easier for animals in the heat. If possible, comb them out to help regulate heat transfer. Sometimes volunteers manage to organize grooming. Seasonal haircuts are especially important for dogs with fluffy coats, ”says Maria Savelyeva, socialization specialist at the Zelenograd shelter.
It is easier for cats to tolerate heat, but they also often change their water, the animals are combed out, and the quality of the feed is monitored. In shelters, cats live in special houses that are well ventilated. They also have walking areas where you can take shelter in the shade.
Walking with volunteers
During the heat wave, the rules for walking dogs have changed for volunteers. Before the walk, all volunteers are explained the rules of first aid in the event of heatstroke and other recommendations. For example, they are asked to exclude any physical activity, such as training, jogging and active games.
“Before every walk, we wet the belly and armpits of the dogs. And we give out portable drinking bowls to volunteers so that they can water the dog if it gets too hot. We also ask you to stay in the shade and not to take the animals out onto the hot asphalt so that they do not burn their paws, ”added Maria Agranat, animal socialization specialist at the Zorasvet shelter.
Everyone is invited to walk with the dogs. You can come to any city shelter without an appointment. You must have a passport and a mask with you.
You can familiarize yourself with the walking schedule on the official websites of the shelters or in the administrations of the institutions.
There are 13 city animal shelters in Moscow. About 17 thousand dogs and cats live in them. Many are fully socialized and ready to go home. You can look after your pet in online catalog… Photos with descriptions of cats and dogs are also regularly published on the page of the Moscow Department of Housing and Utilities in the social network. “Instagram”…
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