African heat and animals: ten things to know and mistakes to avoid

Rome, 22 July 2022 – Hot record And animalsL’Enpa – National animal protection body – appeals not to underestimate the impact of African temperatures on our friends. Here you are ten tips to overcome the hot days safely, for help the wild and also to understand what to absolutely avoid.

1. Avoid walking in the hot hours

In addition to not walking your animals, make sure they always have fresh water, a shaded and ventilated place and reduce sporting activities.

2. Hot asphalt, how to regulate

If the asphalt is too hot for our feet it will be too hot for the sensitive fingertips of our four-legged friends. So pay attention to the walks in the city.

3. Always have a bottle of water available

Make sure that our four-legged friend always has fresh water available in his bowl and, if we go out with him, let’s take a bottle of water with him to make him drink.

4. Never leave our pet in the car

Leaving our pet in the car in these temperatures means condemning him to certain death. The temperature inside the passenger compartment, in fact, rises rapidly, even with the windows open, and can reach up to 70 °. Forgetting or leaving your four-legged friend in the car means condemning him to death. If you notice a closed animal inside a car: pay attention to the symptoms of a heatstroke (trouble breathing, generalized fatigue). In these cases, immediate intervention can save his life: if you are unable to trace the owner of the car, call the police immediately.

5. Sun creams against sunburn

Pets are also prone to sunburn. You can protect them by applying a high-protection sunscreen to the white ends and tips of the ears before taking them out. Particular attention to white animals, they are the most prone to sunburn.

6. Pay attention to the choice of foods

Beware of food and residues in the bowls. Choose foods that are light and easy to digest and never leave any food residue in the bowl.

7. What to do with the little fish in the aquarium

For the little fish: Enpa reminds that forcing these animals to live in an aquarium means inflicting unnecessary suffering on them. However, those who own an aquarium should not expose it to direct sun. It is also important to change the water regularly, taking care to remove the algae that form. Anyone who has a pond in the garden must fill it regularly to compensate for the evaporating water and thus replace the lost oxygen. The same is true for canaries and hamsters which should not be forced into captivity and which, however, should never be left on the balcony in direct sunlight; the cages should be placed in a cool, airy and shady place.

8. Beware of parasites

Better to apply a pesticide suitable for the species and size in advance: some products for dogs can be lethal for cats. It is essential for dogs to prevent sand fly bites (they are similar to mosquitoes) which can transmit leishmaniasis. On the market there are also preparations based on Neem oil, a powerful disinfectant and pesticide, which has no contraindication even for the most sensitive subjects.

9. Rabbits, instructions for use

Parasite alert also for rabbits and guinea pigs. In this case it is necessary to carefully inspect the animal every day to check for the presence of fly eggs on the fur (they also infest dogs), keep the place where they live clean and change the litter or bottom at least two days a week. .

10. Wild animals, how to help them

For wild animals, leave a shallow bowl of water available, remembering to change it at least once a day; in this period wildlife has a lot of food available while water could be a problem. Those with balconies and terraces can create small shaded areas with plants.

African heat, even the animals suffer

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