“We take care of it like a baby”… The reflexes of our readers to protect their animals from the heat

Summer is just beginning and temperature records have already been reached. We’re hot, we undress, we drink a lot of water… But do we think about our pets?

Because yes, these little furry creatures have even more trouble resisting the heat than us. As a result, owners and animals adapt. In the South, Alexandra’s dog “finds the time long”. “We give her very cold water, she has an atomizer available and she likes to bite into an ice cube from time to time. A good idea according to Valérie Mallinjoud, veterinarian at the Mennecy clinic: “What’s great is making ice cream with Kong toys. We put in fruit, fresh cheese, then we place everything in the freezer, they love it! But do not abuse ice cubes, which can cause diarrhea.

“I mowed my three dogs and as soon as they pant I sprinkle them with water at a cool temperature”, says Marion, who “is lucky enough to live in the countryside, where it is cooler”. Shearing, a reflex taken by well-meaning masters to be taken with precaution. “There are several policies. For dogs with long hair, it can be useful to cut a little. But often the hair creates a shell so it’s not recommended,” adds the doctor.

Pads in danger

If you can’t leave your hand on the concrete for five minutes, it’s too hot for your pooch too. When it’s 30 degrees outside, the ground feels like 60 degrees, according to 30 Million Friends. And the so fragile pads of our dogs suffer from it. Alexandra uses a balm to “avoid burns”, and she shifts the exit times. “I take her out early in the morning, then very quickly at noon, and she doesn’t come out until 9 p.m.,” she says.

Adèle also takes all her precautions to protect her English cocker spaniel. “No walking on hard ground. Beware of sand on a beach which can be very hot too. No waiting in the car either. In the cabin, the temperature can exceed 50 degrees in ten minutes in the sun. “Animals don’t sweat. To cool off, they will hyperventilate. Stressful situations are avoided. Heatstroke can happen quickly, even in an air-conditioned car! “says Valérie Mallinjoud. Laetitia has adopted the cooling mats for her dog and her rabbits. “So yes, it has a cost, but it’s the price of well-being for my companions. »

What about cats?

Louise has a ragdoll, a very hairy breed of cat. “I close the shutters at 10 a.m., at the beginning of the night I leave her a window open to go to the balcony, she explains. I also switched from croquettes to mash to limit dehydration. Karine, she puts the mash of her sphynx in the fridge for even more freshness. “Be careful, however, if you change the diet, it will make them drink less,” says Valérie Mallinjoud. It is also not very advisable to wet your cat, “because it stresses it even more”, insists the veterinarian.

We do not forget the NAC, new pets (rodents, reptiles, birds…). Isabelle feeds her eight-month-old rabbit water-soaked fruits and vegetables. “It’s our first rabbit, we take advice, we observe it, we take care of it like a baby! A very good initiative according to Jeremie Thierry, ASV of the Mennecy clinic specializing in NAC. “You shouldn’t wet the rabbits though, it can do them more harm than good. But don’t hesitate to give your parrot a bath! »

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