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How to get your Pet not too Hot

April 6, 2017 admin 0

 

Our pet is suffering the ravages of high temperatures just like us. Dogs and cats do not perspire so they still find it more difficult to withstand the heat in the summer months because they lack sweat glands that can regulate their temperature, something they do through panting and sweat that appears in the areas where there is less hair and on the pads of the legs. When a cat is hot it licks and smoothes the hair so that the evaporation of its saliva causes the temperature of the body to descend.

We must exercise extreme caution in this time of year when mercury rises and with these tips will help your pet to combat the effects of heat and prevent it from suffering excessively.

Do not go outside with your pet in those times when the heat is tight. This applies especially to dogs, since they are the animals that most come out, so you should walk with them at times of the day where the temperature is not so high.

The first hour of the morning and the last of the afternoon are the best.
Your pet should always have fresh , clean water , even if it does not make excessive heat at that time.

  1. If you are abroad, you should ensure that you have a shaded area where you can shelter. If it is very hot outside it is best to be in an indoor place with air conditioning or fans.
  2. If you see that your dog is very hot and his body temperature is rising too much wet his head and body with water and force him to drink, calmly, a little water. Not too much.
  3. The hair of the animals protects them from the cold and the heat, so if you have it very long you can trim it but without ironing since it can then affect you more.
  4. Never leave the animal inside a car , even if it is in the shade and with the window open. Inside the vehicle can reach very high temperatures and your pet can suffer a heat stroke that costs life.
  5. Try to keep your pet as long as possible in a cool, ventilated place .

 

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Coloration of Canine Mucous Membranes

June 12, 2014 admin 0

 

In the previous entry commented that many times the mucous membranes are important as indicative of the state of health of our dog. I take photos of my dog that I used in the previous post to show what would be a normal coloration of mucous membranes.

Usually the mucous membranes have a pinkish color. If they appear paler (in some cases they become completely white), they are indicative of anemia, severe bleeding or shock. Bluish mucous membranes indicate Cyanosis (Abnormal amount of hemoglobin, molecule that is responsible for transporting oxygen). If they are yellowish they are a sign of jaundice (increase of bilirubin) and therefore of a problem in the liver.

If they are dry it means that the animal is dehydrated.

The mucous membranes also serve to assess the Capillary Refill Time (CRT). It is a quick test to assess blood circulation. It is measured by pressing with a finger the mucosa (usually the gingival), after pressing a white mark remains in the place where we press with the finger, that should return to its normal coloration (pink) in 1 or 2 seconds. If it takes more than 2 seconds it would be indicative of a heart problem.

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