Global warming: According to a study by the University of Nottingham Trent, dogs are among the pets most affected by the effects of global warming. This manifests as heat stress which can be life threatening. According to the study, guinea pigs, ferrets and rabbits are also among the most affected.
A University of England team analyzed triggers and risks based on data collected by the UK Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (Savsnetgroup) Between 2013 and 2018. They concluded that dogs were most affected, with 146 cases of heat stroke.
Of this total, three quarters of these cases have been attributed to dogs exercising and 7% to dogs left inside a car on a hot day. Among the breeds most affected are bulldogs, which make up one-fifth of those affected.
“There is a misconception that heatstroke in pets is only linked to dogs in hot cars and we need to do more to raise awareness of the risk factors, not only for dogs, but also for the general pet population »said the Dr Anne Carter, researcher at the Nottingham-based think tank.
Indeed, the study specifies that cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets are also affected by heat stress.
In this regard, the researchers explained that cats seek warm sleeping areas and can be trapped in greenhouses and sheds. Caged pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets, are at risk of heat stress from confinement if their housing provides them with only limited access to shade.
As a result of this research, in which also participated the University of Liverpool, published in the Open Veterinary Journal, the researchers warned that the overall numbers for heatstroke would be much higher, because in many cases pet owners don’t recognize it. Scientists described the most common symptoms animals suffered from: abnormal breathing, lethargy, collapse, and gastric problems such as diarrhea.
For her part, researcher and veterinarian Emily Hall said: Heat-related illnesses can affect all pets and are likely to become more common as global temperatures rise. »
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