The district is in the grip of an intense hot weather, and measures have been introduced to protect the vulnerable groups, like the elderly and children, from its ill effects. But what about another at-risk group: the pets?
Owners of various pet animals have voiced their concern that searing heat could take a serious toll on their beloved companions unless given a proper care. And, with summer slowly setting in, many have already shown signs of heatstroke like the Rottweiler owned by P Saranya, of Chithamani, here.
“My dog has developed boils all over his body and on his tongue. Veterinarians said that it was from heat. I try to keep him indoors as long as possible and have been taking him to a vet in Vilangudi once a week since this summer,’’ she said.
As heatstroke is a most common problem that could affect the pets, animals doctors suggested that it was advisable to ensure that they have enough water and balanced diet. The owners are also advised to avoid driving with pets or taking them for shopping during summer.
“I attended a case where the owner had gone shopping leaving his Pug locked up in his car. The dog collapsed due to heat and though it was taken to the hospital, the doctors could not revive it,’’ said a government veterinarian.
People put up pots and boxes for sparrows for nesting, but it is important to ensure that there was a bowl of water and grains near it. This could help many birds to survive in the face of intense heat, he said.
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