High temperature. Chickens, cats, dogs, cows, pigs, 5 solutions to protect your animals

Extreme heat will overtake Brittany in July 2022. These heat waves will return. They annoy humans but also animals. Here are some solutions put in place to ensure animal welfare.

The extreme heat experienced by Brittany and Europe following global warming requires adaptation.

Just like people, animals must be protected.

Here are the solutions given by experts to improve the health of pets during heat waves.

Find our infographic on animal welfare in the case of extreme heat on our instagram page.

“No, it’s not good to mow your pet’s lawn in the summer”. Laura Daydie, project manager at 30 million Friends fund offers her valuable advice to our colleagues at Brut Nature.

In the dog “It’s the fur underneath that regulates its temperature”, she explained. “To refresh your dog, you can use a damp washcloth or towel that you cover his head and paws.”

Laura Daydie encourages her to decorate her home well to ensure the health of her pets. For example, rooms with tiled floors can be left open to animals. Tiling allows dogs and cats to cool off better.

“Cats suffer less than dogs” guarantee between veterinarian Marie-Pierre François and our colleagues from France 3 Grand-Est. “Senior animals are very sensitive to heat and now I see a lot of senior cats getting dehydrated”.

This expert recommends taking between the fingers, the skin of the cat’s back; if she doesn’t recover smoothly it’s a sign of severe dehydration. In this case, prompt consultation is required and in this case fluid rehydration is required.

Another important piece of advice in case of hot weather: keep an eye on cat pads. If the skin is cracked, they should be gently wetted without putting the cat in the shower.

Place your chicken coop in the shade during the hot hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to protect hens from the sun.

The roof of the chicken coop should be covered with several layers of cardboard. Cardboard is a good insulator. Do not over-wet the chicken coop to avoid bacteria growth, but should water enough. In hot weather, a hen can drink up to a liter of water per day. And it is better to multiply the water troughs, so that the dominant hen does not prevent some hens from accessing the water spot.

If the temperature exceeds 25°, a lack of water can be fatal to the hen.

If the chicken is suffocating, in case of overheating, it is advisable to wet its feet in the pot. Then consult a veterinarian if its condition does not improve.

Our colleagues from Ouest-France have provided a complete record of the hen’s health status.

Faced with the heat, the pigs are in pain because they don’t sweat. Their body temperature rises a lot and they breathe heavily.

In his Côtes d’Armor pigsty, Didier Lucas uses the D system. The professional installed a homemade nebulizer to cool his animals. Other breeders wet the corridor and water the animals sparingly to avoid heatstroke.

Cows are under a lot of stress in case of high heat. Breeders, including Franck Moreau, interviewed by France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine, recommend installing nebulizers in the barn. These droplets spread over the cow’s back and help lower their body temperature.

It is advisable to ventilate evenly throughout the buildings so that cows do not gather in one place.

A dairy cow can drink up to 250 liters of water a day during a heat wave. It is important that this water be sweet.

The measures put in place may make people smile, but they work very well in relieving zoo animals.

Clémence Abraham, caretaker at the Branféré Zoo, explains: Monkeys and giraffes are especially fond of fruit ice cream. As for the rhinos, ice cubes are added to the water spots to refresh their baths, his fellow trainer, Guilhem Bernard, adds.

The oldest animals in the zoo are all well cared for by custodians. Like people, they think less about drinking and lose water faster than younger people.

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