United Kingdom’s Heatwave soars as high as 32 degrees Celsius on June 29, 2018. The scorching week has not only been affecting its water and food consumption but also the animals within the UK area.
Cat Charities have suggested to pet owners to keep their pets indoors as their pet cat may suffer sunburns, skin cancer, and heatstroke. Cats with white skin are more likely to experience this. It was reported on June 30, 2018, that a cat named Tiara had gone through surgery due to excessive exposure to the sun leading to the removal of its ears. Fortunately, she has been recovering very well.
On July 1, 2018, a five-year-old dog died of heatstroke. Dogs suffer great risks of heatstroke because pet owners take them out for a walk. Animal charities are also advising dog owners to minimize their dogs exercise during a heatwave as it can cause severe damages or in some cases, death. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) suggests that dogs should be cooled down and taken immediately to a veterinarian when a dog shows signs of heatstroke.
Dogs and cats are sensitive to heat. If their body temperature reaches 100 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit, it will be hard for them to expel the heat and will eventually get sick. Therefore, to prevent that from happening, it is recommended that you keep them indoors, keep the rehydrated and apply sunblock on them.