Have a pet? Then follow these precautions to avoid sun stroke
The increasing temperature in summer is very likely to affect pets and cattle. The intense heat may have adverse impacts on eating habits, reproductive ability and milk production in cattle. Dogs and domestic fowls also are easily affected by heat.
The cattle in open spaces often get sun stroke. Following this, they suffer from exhaustion, rapid breathing, excess salivation, shivering, immobility and even death. Sunburns also are found on body parts directly exposed to sunlight.
Dogs, cats and other pets playing outside and coming under direct sunlight are at high risk of sun stroke. Keep them indoors during day hours and let them go out only when intense heat subsides. Avoiding direct exposure to sunlight is ideal.
Do not let the cattle rear in open spaces between 10 am and 5 pm. Let them rear in shady places.
Thatch the roof of cattle shed with straw or dry palm leaves. Shade nets also can be used.
Hang wet jute sacks or thick cloths on the sides of the shed.
Bathe the pets and cattle twice daily.
Putting a wet jute sack on the back of cattle is good for cooling down.
Always keep drinking water near the cattle. They drink about 60 litres of water a day.
Feed cattle with green grass maximum and give straw only in morning and evening.
Give 25-30 gram ORS solution every day.
Add 25 gram sodium bicarbonate and 50 gram salt in cattle feed.
Seek medical help immediately if cattle get sun stroke.
Intense heat may cause exhaustion, vomiting, excess salivation, rapid heartbeat and wheezing in dogs.
Use a wet cloth or ice pads to cool down dog’s body.
If the dog does not drink water, make it drink plenty of water.
Seek medical help immediately.
Ensure proper air flow in the nests of pet fowls.
Drinking water should be available in the nest during daytime.