Kim Min-joo (pseudonym, 53) of Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do, who is protecting 10 dogs rescued from an illegal dog farm in an outdoor doghouse, recently lost a dog she was caring for due to heatstroke. He provided a kennel for each dog in preparation for the heat wave and changed the water bowl three times a day, but it was not enough to withstand the heat wave of over 35 degrees every day. Mr. Kim안전놀이터 said, “I called a tent company and installed a shade over the kennel, but it seems that it was not enough.”
Summer heat is fatal for pets such as dogs and cats. Dogs and cats do not have sweat glands on the surface of their skin, so they cannot regulate their body temperature as quickly as humans. When a person’s body temperature rises, they release sweat to quickly cool down, but pets only exhale a small amount of moisture through their paws and noses. Animals left in the heat can suffer from heat stroke, leading to heart failure and brain damage.
So, what can you do to protect your pet in the heat wave? The British Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( RSPCA ) , a global civic group, has created a summer companion animal care manual to provide an appropriate environment and care methods. Let’s take a look at the contents of the RSPCA manual , which is recognized as authoritative enough to be reflected in the Anglo-American Animal Protection Act .
Do not leave it in a confined space such as a vehicle or mobile station
The RSPCA warns never to leave pets in a vehicle during the summer months. This is because the internal temperature rises quickly in the summer heat. According to a study published in the journal ‘Temperature’ by a joint research team from Arizona State University and the University of California, USA, when a vehicle was parked outdoors on a summer day of 37 degrees Celsius, the internal temperature soared by 20 degrees in 10 minutes. An hour later, the internal temperature reached 70 degrees. If left in such a steamer, animals and children with poor body temperature regulation can get heat stroke within 10 minutes.
Avoid outdoor activities and provide various summer resorts
When the temperature is over 30 degrees, you should refrain from outdoor activities with animals. Walking and playing are not recommended, especially in the afternoon when the temperature is high. Instead, it is better to spend a short time outside in the early morning before sunrise or in the late afternoon after sunset.
You also need to give the animal a variety of options so that it can regulate its own body temperature. Provide shade or a cooling mat filled with cool water to avoid the heat, and pour cool water into a water bowl from time to time.You should also monitor your pet frequently for signs of heat stroke. Animals often do not show any abnormal signs even when it is hot, and then suddenly collapse from heat stroke. Typical symptoms include ▲hard breathing and excessive panting ▲profuse drooling ▲sudden fainting or vomiting. In this case, you must immediately move the animal to a cool place, bite a cloth soaked in water, and take it to the veterinary hospital after first aid.