Animals in shelters also suffer from the heat

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During heat waves, humans aren’t the only ones looking for coolness. At the Brax hideout, even when the boxes were new, dogs and cats still suffered from heatwaves. The volunteers are being taken care of.

Animals are also subjected to high temperatures. And especially human lack of water, can also cause more or less serious disorders.
Bird lovers know that you have to keep a (predator-protected) cup filled with fresh water and changed frequently (two days is enough for the tiger mosquitoes to stay there!) for them to drink without Longer can bathe, this is just as important in a bird.
Same in the chicken coop. Change the fresh water frequently and shade the casserole. As for pet dogs and cats, things like that, water, shade and fan rooms, they appreciate it just as much as we do.
In shelters, time is also spent acclimatizing. “It’s impossible to walk the dogs in this heat, both for them and for our volunteers!” announces Christine Salanne, president of the Brax refuge.
“Even with our boxes now greatly improved with the renovation, the walls are insulated, they are still very hot at the moment. We regularly spray water for the dogs, of course we let them drink as much fresh water as they want in the bowl and those who don’t want to leave the crate, we install a mini pool for them so they can cool off in the water. there. We also have small “collective” pools. As for cats, they won’t enjoy bathing, but we will moisten them with a damp towel and make sure they also have fresh water. “

Department of Agriculture advice for domestic dogs and cats

“Like humans, dogs and cats can overheat, especially because they sweat less. This can be dangerous and lead to the death of the animal in extreme conditions. Therefore, it is important to ensure that their accommodation is sheltered from the sun – at least partially – and well ventilated. Don’t hesitate to install extra ventilation for your pet, make sure it always has clean water available and don’t leave it alone in the car!

Dog in the car in the sun: What to do?

The Department of Agriculture regularly publishes recommendations on its website for animal owners as well as individuals who own dogs or cats.
One of the deadly dangers to pets is leaving them in a car in direct sunlight. A few minutes is sometimes enough for the heat stroke to kick in and be irreversible: “The temperature in the passenger compartment can reach and exceed 40 °C in less than 10 minutes. In the event of a heat wave, the mercury can fluctuate around 60° in just 15 minutes. This can be fatal to the animal kept in it.
Gendarmerie, city or national police, are called in during times of high temperatures for animals left alone in cars. This is the first reflex to have.

Self-intervention in an absolute emergency

But it is also possible to intervene on your own. “Check to see if the owner is absent,” the ministry said. If you cannot find them, quickly call the local police or the gendarmerie. Indeed, article 20 of the law of January 6, 1999, codified under articles 214-23 (3°) of the Rural Code, allows you to open a parked car in the sun when the life of an animal is in danger, in the presence of the gendarmerie or the police. If you feel the situation is urgent and you can’t wait for someone else’s help, you may decide to break the window to save the animal in distress. You should surround yourself with at least two witnesses who will be able to attest to good faith if the vehicle owner then takes action. If it is clear that the dog’s life is in danger (unconsciousness, panting, dark tongue, unusually agitated behavior, etc.), the law protects you (Article 122-7 of the Penal Code). This provision states that “a person who is not criminally liable, who, facing a present or imminent danger to himself, another person, or property, takes an action necessary to protect protect people or property”.

What to do to relieve the animal?

The first step to take when an animal is suffering from heatstroke is to put them in the shade, cool with not too cold water and of course give them a drink but in small amounts.

Number of kittens arriving at the shelter

Just before summer, it’s cat breeding season. When they are “desired”, owners take care of the kittens. But in the vast majority of cases, kittens’ pregnancies are done against the will of owners who haven’t thought of neutering them. It is also possible that feral cats have escaped free cat neutering campaigns led by some associations such as ARPA (with the mayor’s consent, the animal is captured, taken to the veterinarian). to be neutered and the cat or cat is released where it was once live).
In shelters right now, it’s a stream of kittens, either because they’re abandoned by owners with no other solution, or because they’re found “on the street, on the sidewalk, in bags, boxes . . . »And something must be done to save them.In the refuge in Brax, Christine Salanne, the president, is desperate. It was a disaster. Recently we were brought to twelve at the same time. The smallest one weighs only 200 grams. So far they are doing well. But a lot of people end up dying. They start their lives. they are so bad, especially with these hot times, it allows diseases and parasites to spread. These kittens are very expensive to shelter, we take care of them properly. But there we can no longer. We have no refuge, no host family. We regret to have to turn them down.”
The president of the shelter recalls the urgency of neutering her pets.
“The government should legislate making it mandatory for cat owners to have them spayed, both male and female. It was legislated well for all types of dogs! The same goes for cats. “
“Fortunately,” continued the president of the Brax shelter, “people continue to help us, bringing us formula. And we thank them for that! ”

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