Pets in Heat

Protecting the Pets From Heat

For pets we really just can’t ask when do female cats go into heat. Cats are essentially always in heat. After about 5 or 6 months, purebred cats sometimes don’t come into heat till a little later than that, but you don’t want to take too many chances, because they will come into heat before you are really ready for them to. They are what we call forced ovulators, which means they are always ready to ovulate. Now they may not always have clinical signs or symptoms of being in heat, but they can get pregnant at any point in time when they get bred. When they get bred, that is when they ovulate, and they will get pregnant. So they don’t have a season like dogs, where they come into season twice a year. Cats are always out there ready to be bred. So when your little cute kitten that you have at home decides to come into heat, she pretty much comes into heat and doesn’t go out until she gets pregnant.

So that is why a lot of accidents happen, so there are some precautions that you should take with your new little kitten; and one of them is to make sure you will little kitten goes to the vet and gets through all of her kitten vaccines, so she has good immunity to pass on to any potential kittens, and that she gets de-wormed to help with that situation, and gets advice from your veterinarian about when to spay your kitty, now we are talking about females obviously, because we are talking about breeding and getting kittens. We’ve got a handful of helpful tips – and cute pictures to go along with them.

It’ swin-win! Hey guys, Tara here for D news – and it is officially summer now, which means barbecues, beaches, and yes – that dreaded summer heat. First order of business – You should Never ever leave your pets in a parked car. Ever. On an 85 degree day, even with the windows cracked- the temperature inside of a car will reach 102 degrees F within 10 minutes. After 30minutes, 120 degrees F. This type of heat can cause an irreversible organ damage, or death to your pet. So don’t risk it.

You may also be inclined to think humidity will keep your pet cool – when in fact, the opposite is true! Animals pant in order to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which cools them down. But if the humidity is too high, they can’t do that – so their body temperature will skyrocket – quickly. Limit their exercise, and watch out for sunburns. Believe it or not, animals are just as vulnerable to UV rays as humans are. And that is especially true for pets with white fur, since the lack of skin pigmentation makes them extremely sensitive to the sun. The shorter their hair is, the more susceptible they are to being burned. So places on their body with the least amount of fur – like around the face, or the under belly, are where they’re most likely to get sunburned. Some pets also have pre-existing conditions that can increase their skin sensitivity.

So things like parasitic infections, autoimmune disorders, or congenital hairlessness – should all be taken into account. Hairless pets are of course the most sensitive- so if you have one, and you know they’re going to be out all day – try using either a water proof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, or a sun block that contains zinc oxide. You could also try pet clothing, like a t-shirt or a hat, which in addition to being adorable- will also block some of the sun’s rays. Although dark-colored clothing will get very hot, so keep that in mind. Also important to remember – that the ground gets extremely hot in the summer. So if YOU wouldn’t go walking around barefoot on the concrete, then your pet probably shouldn’t either. Keep them on the grass, and make sure they have a shady place to lie down.

Doghouses actually get hotter inside with the sun, so it’s better to find a tree or some place with airflow – and of course, make sure they have plenty of water. The sun is at its hottest between 11a-2p,so the best thing you can do is minimize their outdoor activity during those times. Fans don’t work as well on pets as they do on humans either – so really, it’s better to just keep them inside. If there’s a chance your pet may ALREADY be sunburned, check its skin. If it’s red, warm, or flaking – take them out of the sun immediately, and apply a cool compress with ointments.

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