|What can people do to help their pets during extreme heat? |
People should be vigilant of the climate and environment in households. Working families may forget that it’s going to be a hot day given the busy schedules most of us have! So, it is important to check that weather forecast and be prepared if you leave your pet behind at home. Ensure the pet has access to shade, food and water, and that it does not get exposed to heat stress. There are simple steps that can prevent major health risks and ensure our pets are living a healthy life.
What are some ways climate change could impact pets?
As shown in my article here, the surrogate for climate change is the extreme heat waves that we experience around the world. This affects human health, but also pet welfare. In summary, heat stress can damage the physiology and behavior of pets, causing them to develop physical and behavioral problems such as reduced feed intake, erratic behaviors such as locomotion or swim impairment, and eventually, it can result in death.