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

Extreme heat crossed Brittany in July 2022. These heat waves will recur. They disturb 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 adaptations.

Just like humans, animals must be protected.

Cats, dogs, chickens, cows, but also rhinos or giraffes, here are the solutions put in place by professionals to improve animal well-being during heat waves.

Find our infographic for animal welfare in the event of a heat peak on our instagram page.

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

In the dog “It’s the hair underneath that regulates its temperature”, she explains. “To refresh your dog, you can use a damp cloth or a washcloth that you put on his head and on his paws”.

Laura Daydie encourages her to furnish her home well for the well-being of her pets. For example, rooms with tiled floors can be left open to animals. The tiling allows dogs and cats to cool off better.

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

This specialist advises to take, between the fingers, the skin of the back of your cat; if she is not recovering smoothly it is a sign of severe dehydration. In this case, it is necessary to consult quickly and in this case one rehydrates with an infusion.

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

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

It is advisable to cover the roof of the chicken coop with layers of cardboard. Cardboard is a good insulator. Do not over-humidify the chicken coop to avoid the proliferation of bacteria, but rather give enough water. In hot weather, a hen can drink up to a liter of water a day. And it is better to multiply the water troughs, so that the dominant hen does not prevent certain hens from having access to the water point.

If the temperature exceeds 25°, the lack of water can be fatal for the hens.

If the hen is suffocating, in case of extreme heat, it is advisable to wet its legs in a basin. Then consult a veterinarian if his condition does not improve.

Our colleagues from Ouest-France deliver a complete file on the well-being of the hen.

Faced with the heat, the pigs suffer because they do not sweat. Their body temperature increases enormously and they breathe badly.

In his Côtes d’Armor pigsty, Didier Lucas uses the D system. This professional has installed a homemade mister to cool his animals. Other breeders wet the corridors and water the animals sparingly to avoid thermal shock.

Cows are under a lot of stress in hot weather. Breeders, including Franck Moreau, interviewed by France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine, advise installing a fogger in the barn. The droplets spread over the cow’s back and help lower their body temperature.

It is advisable to ventilate the buildings evenly so that the cows do not congregate in one area of ​​the place.

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

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

Monkeys and giraffes are exceptionally entitled to fruit ice cream sticks, explains Clémence Abraham, caretaker at the Branféré zoo. For the rhinos, blocks of ice are placed in the water points to refresh their bathing place, adds his colleague trainer, Guilhem Bernard.

The oldest animals in the zoo are closely watched by the keepers. Like humans, they think less about drinking and become dehydrated more quickly than young people.

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