The unprecedented heat in China is adversely affecting pets and pets, especially the mass death of dogs due to heat shock.
According to veterinary experts, hot weather is one of the main reasons why dogs and cats become more aggressive. Too high a temperature like in China right now can be said to be dangerous to the life of livestock because they have poor heat tolerance and have a different body structure than humans.
According to Nanjing provincial media, the number of livestock “heatstroke” increased by more than 20% compared to the same period last year. A representative of Uknow Veterinary Hospital (Shanghai) shared that the number of pets, especially dogs and cats that died due to heat shock, died due to body weakness, has increased dramatically in recent times.
“Some of the symptoms of heat stroke can be obvious: shortness of breath, sometimes shortness of breath, lethargy or even fainting. As soon as you notice these symptoms, take the pet to the nearest medical facility,” the hospital representative added.
China is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave. The temperature in Shanghai exceeded 40 degrees Celsius six times in a row in three summer months, breaking the city’s previous record.
Sun Li, founder of an online pet health monitoring app shared:
“Animals, especially dogs, will stick out their tongues to dissipate body heat, high temperatures can damage tissues in their tongue, leading to life-threatening infections.”
He also recommends that people with pets take care of the skin on the soles of their feet because this is a rather sensitive area. Sunny early morning or late afternoon is a suitable time to take pets for a walk, avoiding “burning feet”.
Chinese netizens also complained about the hot weather affecting their pets:
“Just walked on the street for 10 minutes and my dog fainted”, along with a video of the dog lying flat on the floor.
“This hot weather makes both me and my dog lazy to go out, of course the dog is lazier than me.”
One Weibo user said he sent his dog to the pet care center in early July, but a while later the center told him the dog had gone missing due to straying. But he suspects that due to poor care, his dog died, possibly from heat stroke.
“My dogs never get lost, maybe they say that to cover it up.”
Measures to help pets “dissipate heat”, such as shaving them, are spread among netizens. But experts say this is not necessary, even doing so makes them more susceptible to sunburn and affects the pet’s psyche.
“I don’t think people should do that, my dog refuses to go anywhere, refuses to eat, sleeps, etc. after I deal with its fur,” said Xu Wenli, who owns two dogs and two cats. To share.
Many measures that are considered more effective such as bathing pets, using special drinks or using cooling mats, turning on fans, etc. are also applied to the maximum.
According to statistics, the sales of special care products for pets and pets have increased significantly since the start of a record heat wave in China in mid-June.
As mentioned, high temperatures also cause pets to become more uncontrolled and aggressive.
A clinic in Meizhou city, southern Guangdong province gave an interview:
“The number of patients vaccinated against rabies increased nearly fivefold during this period. It seems that pets are getting more and more aggressive, they bite and scratch even their owners.”
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