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 the lack of water can 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 whatever fresh water 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 Animals 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 heatstroke to kick in and be irreversible: “Indoor temperatures 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 required.
Self-intervention in an absolute emergency
But it is also possible to intervene on your own. The ministry pointed out: “Check that the owner is not around. 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 cannot wait for help from others, you may decide to break the window to save the animal in distress. You should surround yourself with at least two witnesses who can attest to good faith if the vehicle owner then takes action. If it is obvious that the dog’s life is in danger (unconsciousness, the animal panting, darkened tongue, unusual agitation, etc.) then the law protects you (article 122-7 of the Penal Code). This provision states that “no person shall be criminally liable to a person, facing an present or imminent threat to himself, another person or property, to perform an act necessary to protect others.” or property”.
What to do to relieve the animal?
The first step to take when an animal is suffering from heatstroke is to place them in the shade, cool them with water that is not too cold and, of course, give them a drink but in small amounts. “
The number of rich kittens in 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. It is also possible that feral cats have escaped free cat neutering campaigns authorized by some associations such as ARPA (with the mayor’s consent, the animal is selected, taken to the veterinarian). y to be spayed and the cat or cat released where it already lives).
In shelters right now, there are a lot of kittens, either having to give up and their owners have no other solution, or because they are found “on the street, on the sidewalk, in a bag, in a box . . . “And we have to act to save them. At the shelter in Brax, Christine Salanne, the president, is desperate.” Every year, we want it down, but every year, it’s a disaster. Recently, we were brought together twelve. The smallest one weighs only 200 grams. Currently, they are doing well. But a lot of people have ended up dead. They have started their lives so badly. Especially with the heat like now, which is hindering their growth. Spread of Diseases and Parasites These kittens are very expensive to shelter, we take care of them properly. But there we can’t be anymore. We have no more shelter. , no longer have foster care. 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. He made good legislation for category 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! “