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Ways to help your pet beat the heat | Kolkata News

This year, India experienced the hottest March since 1901, with an average maximum temperature of 33,100C. This is also an indicator of a long and uncomfortable summer ahead, especially for our pets. Extreme heat can create countless health problems for dogs, cats, and even birds or fish. Read on to find out how you can make life easier for your pets in summer.

EXTRA CARE FOR FURRY PETS

Most of the breeds that we usually keep as pets come from the colder regions of the world. Breeds such as the Siberian Husky, the Saint Bernard and even the Labrador and Golden Retriever, the Pug, the German Shepherd or the Persian cat find summers very uncomfortable. According to Kolkata-based veterinarian Dr. Soumik Poddar, most imported breeds have thick fur or an extra layer of fat to preserve body heat. “So exposure to high temperatures can lead to muscle cramps, heat exhaustion (characterized by weakness, tremors, vomiting, and/or diarrhea), or heat stroke, which can lead to multi-organ failure, even death,” he said. .

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don’t skip exercise

Even if it’s very hot outside, your dogs need regular exercise. Mumbai-based dog trainer Rajvi Mariwala told us, “I take my dogs out before sunrise or after sunset. Early morning is usually the best time to exercise,” he said. Swimming is also considered a good exercise in summer. SV Srikant from Chennai, owner of two Belgian Malinoises, often takes them to a beach where dogs are allowed. “Bruno and Russell really enjoy it,” he said.

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regular grooming is a must

Dogs with black fur are more susceptible to heat. “Regular grooming helps animals tolerate heat better. Trimming the coat and bathing it regularly is very important. Wrapping a wet towel around her shoulders also helps,” Rajvi said. Most cats, being indigenous, handle themselves much more efficiently than foreign breeds, but still need regular grooming.

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summer diet

What you feed your pet in the summer makes a big difference. While you can always treat your dog to a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, it’s important to monitor protein intake. “I reduce the animal protein in the food and often give them curd and fruit,” Srikant said. Also make sure your pets have constant access to fresh water.

THE FISH ALSO FEEL THE HEAT!

If you like aquariums, then an Indian summer is the worst season for you. In the wild, most tropical fish and plants thrive in temperatures between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius. Therefore, you need to do a few things to keep your aquarium within this safe range.

Change the water regularly

Discharges from fish, plants, and corals increase ammonia and nitrates in the water, making it poisonous. In summer, this happens faster. “You need to change 30-50% of the water every week to ensure a healthy aquarium,” said Kolkata-based aquarium keeper Mrinal Dhar.

Rajvi dogs on the beach (2).

Water temperature control

According to Amartya Ghosh, another Calcutta aquarium expert, it’s always best to place the tank in the coolest part of the house, away from direct sunlight. “For planted and marine aquariums, the ideal temperature is between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius. It is better if the room is air-conditioned,” he said, adding, “Special aquarium fans are also available at prices ranging from 200 to 2,000 rupees. One can install them to reduce up to 5oC by installing such a fan.”

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Quality pumps, essential filters

Electronic equipment such as filters, lights and pumps generate heat and increase the temperature of the water. Therefore, always look for good quality products to reduce heating.

REGULAR CARE OF WINGED CREATURES

Birds become extremely vulnerable during the summer. Dhritiman Dutta, owner of several exotic birds, said: “With the rise in temperature, my birds start to pant. They become quieter than usual. In the past, some of my birds have developed skin conditions during the summer.” So here’s what you need to do to keep your winged pets healthy.

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water and shade in summer

Most birds bathe regularly during the summer to lower their body temperature. Therefore, access to clean, fresh water is a must. Spray water on birds to keep their bodies cool. The placement of the cage is also very important. Do not place the bird anywhere in direct sunlight. The cooler the place, the better. You can always place a table fan in front of the cage to make things more comfortable.

Rajvi dogs on the beach (2).

Beware of heat strokes

Birds also experience heat stroke. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion such as panting, weakness, inability to maintain balance, stretch wings, lie on cage floor, or show signs of stress. If you see such signs, find a way to lower the temperature and make it more comfortable for your bird.

High water content diet.

The diet should contain seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially those with high water content. Fresh sprouts, which are packed with nutrients, are also good.

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