during a heat wave, is it wise to wet my pet’s head with cold water?

As France is once again going through an intense heat wave this Wednesday, all means are good to cool us and our animals. In search of the slightest place in the shade or in the cool, there are actions to adopt to make their daily life easier during these periods of high heat. In addition to putting, for example, an ice cube in their bowl of water, we are often tempted to wet their heads with a towel soaked in cold water. Be careful, contrary to popular belief, this is really not recommended… Indeed, as Mon Jardin Ma Maison reveals, this can lead to hydrocution. This phenomenon, also called thermal shock, is in fact a reaction of the body to a sudden change in temperature. The risks of this happening, even for us humans, increase all the more during episodes of high heat like those of the past few weeks. ” You can easily refresh it in zones, without soaking it entirely in cold water or letting it jump into the pool adds Mon Jardin Ma Maison.

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During the heat wave, let’s be attentive to possible “heatstrokeof our animals

On a daily basis, but even more so in summer, it is essential to keep an eye on our hairballs. Indeed, a careful observation of their actions and gestures makes it possible to know if their state of health has changed, and if, yes or no, it is necessary to consult a veterinarian. On its site, Royal Canin reveals how to know if your dog or cat has a heat stroke and how to act if this is the case. The specialist in the diet and well-being of cats and dogs first of all that it is very important to apply sunscreen to the sensitive areas of our hairballs, especially if he is often outside, in the garden or on a walk with you.

Next, Royal Canin explains the warning signs coming from our dogs if they are ‘overheating’. If your pet is panting, it’s trying to cool down because, as you probably already know, an animal doesn’t sweat. The best way for him to evacuate heat is to pant. However, be sure to observe the changes in his behavior. “Signs of heatstroke are excessive or exaggerated panting, lethargy, weakness, drooling, high fever, dark red gums, rapid heartbeat, unresponsiveness to surroundings, and vomiting“, develops Royal Canin. Another distinctive sign: the inside of the ears. Indeed, if these are bright red, this means that your animal is suffering from the heat. Finally, during the day, adopt the right gestures and do not let him go out during hot hours in order, in particular, to preserve his pads and to avoid sunburn and sunstroke.

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