Extreme heat equals hot dogs (and cats) |  Children and pets

Extreme heat equals hot dogs (and cats) | Children and pets

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but a couple of weeks ago, we were breaking all records for high temperatures. Rohnert Park has averaged temperatures of 108-110 degrees for several days in a row. this is funy! It seems strange to write about dealing with the hot weather in the fall, but this seems to be our new normal. And although it has been raining lately, I don’t think all of our hot weather is behind us!

I can’t help but worry about all the homeless – people, animals and wildlife – during this sweltering stretch of heat. Since most homes here don’t have air conditioning, I’m curious how it handled the high temperatures? Here is a place to share ideas on how to stay cool and keep our pets healthy during heat waves.

Many people assume that the best thing to do for your pet is to shave its fur. This may be true for the dog you own but you know that for some breeds the fur is what maintains the sun barrier, so the skin doesn’t burn, and the fur traps a layer of cool air to help maintain a barrier to the sun. the heat. Before grooming, always check the recommendations for your specific animal type either through google or through your vet.

Bring all of your animals indoors. Even without air conditioning, being indoors and out of direct sunlight will always feel cool. If you cool your home early in the morning and then close all windows and blinds, your home should remain moderately cool throughout the day. Well at least it’s not hot! And if you have rooms without carpeting, the floor should be cooler, and you’ll likely find your pets scattered. Many rabbits that are kept outside during heat waves die because they are particularly sensitive to high temperatures. Bring them indoors and put a frozen water bottle in their cage to cool them down. The same goes for guinea pigs and other small animals. You can also buy cooling beds which might be nice to have at this time of year – they have a gel that doesn’t freeze solid but gets very cold; Of course, this will not work with pets that you know chew.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Make sure everyone has plenty of cold, fresh water available. Add ice cubes to your water dish or make some frozen food for your dogs (google this and get lots of easy recipes). The best bone-and-claw molds are also available (I just ordered a set that comes with a recipe booklet!) and this can be a great family project when it’s too hot for the kids to play outdoors. Freezing your pet’s meals in kung and licking mats works as a cool treat and provides some mental stimulation.

The moving air seems to be cooler, so turn on some fans and circulate the air in your home. Put a bucket or pot of frozen water in front of the fan to cool the air more, or buy fans that connect to a hose and act as a vaporizer. This is the time to pull out a small pool or hose and hydrate your pet well, so the moving air really cools them down. For cats, you may want to wet a towel and wipe their tummy and armpits where the fur is not very thick. This is especially important if you suspect that your pet has overplayed and is overheated. Dogs don’t know the dangers of heat stroke, so it’s up to you to look out for the signs: excessive panting, wet footprints on the floor (sweating through the pads), shaking, thumping, drooling, and extremely red and tongue-tied gums. If your dog or cat has a temperature above 103 degrees, take immediate action to cool it down; If it is above 104 degrees, take her to the vet immediately (with wet towels placed on her stomach).

I hope we’re past these extreme temperatures, and I don’t need any of these suggestions. But I think overall we’ll see more extreme weather, so it’s time to get your arsenal ready. Do you have any tricks or tips to add to the list?

Upcoming events:

Get Them Back Home Campaign Every lost pet should have a way to get home. A free pet ID and spare pet chip are available to all residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati. Call for an appointment, 707-584-1582.

Fix-it clinics – free sterilization and neutering of cats; and $100 for dog surgeries (up to 80 pounds) for low-income residents of Ronnert Park and Kutaisi. Call 707-588-3531 to schedule an appointment.

Mickey Zeldes is the superintendent of the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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