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Eight tips to ensure pets’ health and well-being during the summer

The temperature increases and care for your pet should also increase. Get ready (for you and your pet) for the hottest days and see, in the video, eight tips to ensure the health and well-being of your four-legged friend

Veterinary doctor Joana Pereira has put together eight essential tips to ensure that she does everything she can to help your pet overcome heat waves.

Take note:

1 – First of all, always have water at your disposal

It is very important that the animals always have fresh water available, so they can drink as much as they want and whenever they are thirsty. One solution may be to place several drinking fountains, so that water consumption is facilitated and stimulated;

2 – Keep animals in cool and airy places

The animals practically do not perspire and the only ways to lower their body temperature when they feel heat is through panting or through direct contact with cold surfaces. Thus, by keeping them in cooler places, they are able to regulate the temperature more easily, feeling more comfortable and avoiding the so dangerous “heat strikes” (or “heat stroke”). Leaving animals closed in a warm place, even for a short time, can be very dangerous for your health, and can even be a life-threatening situation;

3 – Facilitate digestion and maintenance of hydration and nutrition through wet foods

Wet foods provide more water and are mostly nutritionally complete. As they are more aromatic, they become more appealing to animals, and are generally easy to digest. But be careful: they should only be available for about 20-30 min, as they can then be damaged. You can also opt for a mixfeeding scheme , in which the corresponding dry and moist foods are mixed. Of course, these should always be appropriate for age, race, level of physical activity and specific nutritional needs;

4 – Feed them in the coolest periods of the day

The simple act of eating food produces heat and digestion also increases body temperature, which means that animals tend not to eat in periods of heat, due to reduced appetite, and take the opportunity to do so in the cooler hours;

5 – Eat more meals, but with less food, always in a cool environment

You should increase the number of meals and give less food in each. This will keep the animals nourished, reducing the digestive work of each meal, while also stimulating the intake of water, so important at this time of the year;

6 – Do not change the animal’s hygiene routines

Hygiene should not be altered, whether it is a dog or a cat, especially if it has a long coat or requires brushing. It may even be necessary to intensify this care, to help remove dead hair that causes more heat (cats, for example, have more “laziness” to lick and wash), or even shear dogs to walk more “fresh” ;

7 – Change the time for animal rides

The tour hours must be changed in summer, and must be done outside the hours of greatest heat. It is recommended to choose the hours at the beginning of the day, late afternoon or evening, typically cooler;

8 – If the animal suffers a heat stroke, do not panic

If your pet passes out, vomits or appears to be weak after exposure to heat, it may be suffering from a heat stroke. It is very important to stay calm and try to lower your body temperature: providing water, placing cold towels on your body (especially in the belly area and between your legs), placing it next to a fan. As soon as possible, go to the attending veterinarian for consultation, as this is an urgent situation.

 

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