Heat wave: how to cool your pets?

Published on June 17, 2022 at 11:01 am


Faced with the high temperatures expected from this Friday and for the next few days, your four-legged friend also needs to protect himself. – © Catherine Falls Commercial / Getty images

Faced with the high temperatures expected from this Friday and for the next few days, your four-legged friend also needs to protect himself.

France will become a furnace from today until the next few days. Temperatures could reach 40° this Friday in the southeast. If the heatwave episode is already difficult for humans to bear – here are some very useful tips for the next few days – pets will also be affected by this sweltering heat wave.

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Because they too can be victims of heatstroke: accelerated breathing, tongue hanging out or even vomiting are the signs that should alert you. But before reaching this stage, here are the good practices to know to relieve your animal.

Choose walks during the coolest hours

Dog owners can favor walks during the cooler hours of the day: in the morning before 9 a.m. and in the evening after 6 p.m. With high temperatures, if you live in an urban environment, the asphalt becomes very hot and risks damaging your animal’s pads. Cats tolerate heat better than dogs because they instinctively cool off. However, if he has access to an outdoor place, make sure he has water available and do not lock him outside.

If you have new pets, hamsters, rabbits, chinchillas, put them in the coolest room in the house and close the shutters. You can also put a bottle of iced water in their cage or place a damp cloth around it.

The “30 million friends” foundation has posted a video on social media where you can find more tips for cooling your animals.

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Cool ice cubes and sweets

To ensure the comfort of your animal, it is necessary that it has access to clean water throughout the day. To relieve him, you can also offer him ice cubes directly and put his treats in the fridge.

As with humans, animals need to lower body temperature. For this you can refresh them by sprinkling them with water. It is particularly advisable to moisten certain parts of the body such as the paws or the belly for cats and dogs.

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Last but not least: never leave your pet in a closed car in direct sunlight, as it can succumb to heatstroke very quickly. If you see an animal in this situation, first try to find the owner. Otherwise you can directly contact the police or the gendarmerie. According to the law of January 6, 1999, the police are entitled to open a vehicle if the animal is in danger.

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