Summer 2022, guide to holidays with dogs and cats / SPECIAL – Pets

Pugs and Bulldogs, the most sensitive to heat. Mici at risk of parasites. In the hotter summer than usual, heat, temperature changes, travel and holiday resorts can become treacherous for them. Dogs do not sweat and regulate their temperature by breathing through the oral cavity with which they disperse the heat and, above all, avoiding being in the sun. They, in practice, look for the shade and on the beach in the August sun (or in the car under the sun) they would never go there.

High temperatures, high humidity and lack of ventilation expose them to heat stroke and brachycephalic breeds, therefore Pugs and Bulldogs, are the most at risk. Cats also suffer from the heat but are generally more free to seek sheltered, ventilated and cooler spaces but, if you take them with you on vacation it is good to protect them from attacks by parasites that may not be in the house during the year.
There are 64.8 million pets out of a population of 58.98 million Italians, according to Euromonitor and Istat 2022 data. 80 percent of those who own a dog or cat at home seem to take them with them to holidays and since the arrival of the sun on our peninsula, the companies that bring together veterinarians and the Ministry of Health have pitted new practical advice to monitor and guarantee the well-being of our beloved four-legged friends in the summer, on holiday with us or at home.
To these are added the products developed for pets on vacation, from beach kits complete with accessories to sunscreen for the hairless areas which, experts say, should always be protected on the beach, at ‘chilled’ bowls for always fresh food and water. Up to the ‘luxury’ accessories for Fido, to pack.
Summer food, accessories and games
Dog Heroes, a start-up that cooks and delivers fresh menus for dogs, draws up a checklist of the ‘essentials’ to bring that include a first aid kit (disinfectant, tweezers to remove foreign bodies, gauze, plasters, medicines (cortisone) and pesticide), travel bowls resealable in silicone, enough food for the holiday if you go to places where you are not sure to find the right baby food, usual games, any blankets with the “smell” of home, water bottle for walks in sunny areas without fountains or refreshments, sunscreen for nose, mouth, belly, ears and tail if not protected by the hair. Finally, wipes and shampoos to clean the fur from salt and sand, leash and muzzle, health card and compulsory vaccinations.
For those who choose, instead, a holiday in the mountains, Luxpets (Lenet Group), a luxury marketplace for pets, suggests what to put among the essentials
For the mountains:
A raincoat in sustainable, water-repellent and reflective material will be essential for the safety of your pet, in any weather conditions and outside temperature, so as to be sheltered from the notorious summer storms. Equally useful is a jacket with a breathable fabric – which can protect from the heat and be wet to keep the right humidity on the body – and insect repellent. An excellent example is the fabric with a zebra pattern which, according to studies carried out on zebras, removes insects in a natural way. In fact, there are many small animals that can be found in the woods (but not only): some can represent a danger for pets.
A cotton blanket can be a more practical alternative to a kennel, making it even more comfortable for pets to rest after busy days spent outdoors. Even a blanket with FIR technology can come to the rescue in this regard: in particular, infrared technology helps the recovery of pets if they are particularly tired after physically demanding days.
A collar carries GPS and the relative device to always keep track of the movements of your pet, even from a distance, while monitoring its health status at the same time.
A portable and resealable bowl and a bowl with a cooling system for convenient nutrition and hydration both during walks and in the house in the mountains.
Finally, an ointment for legs and nose is useful in the kit to restore skin softness and hydration after hours outdoors in a mountain environment.
For the sea
After a healthy swim in the sea and games with splashes on the shore to be carried out in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest moments, it is important to eliminate the saltiness and cleanse your pet with fresh water with the help of a moisturizing shampoo rich in vitamins for adequate hydration. A routine to close with the use of a bathrobe to quickly dry your pet. Walking and being exposed to the sun for a long time can pose risks to animals: a UV protective jacket is the perfect garment for this type of situation, combined with a hat or bandana to further protect from the sun. Finally, a collar with GPS can also be useful travel companions to always locate your pet and a portable and resealable bowl to be always ready for every need.

What if pets stay at home? The experts of Enpa answer: “Generally pets love the social group so the first choice is certainly the family. If this is not possible, the professional structures remain at our disposal. In this case you must make an insertion to allow the dog or the cat to know the place and the people. Each professional uses his own routine, agree together to go for walks, explore the new place and leave it for a few hours and then go and pick it up. When leaving, always leave his suitcase with useful numbers, cover and favorite game. A good structure requires vaccinations and a certificate of healthy health, the restraints are made with washable surfaces and sheltered from the elements, there are safe fenced areas to avoid escapes and there is a veterinarian who checks the state of health of the guests, in the services offers at least three outings according to the personality of the dog will evaluate whether to do it in a group or single, whether to go exploring or splashing in the water.
Anti-heat tips for pets from veterinarians
“Dogs are more exposed to this danger than cats, but all pets can be victims of high temperatures if they are abandoned in a confined, closed and very hot environment. And the consequences, especially for elderly, frail or obese individuals. , can be serious, causing death even in a relatively short time, – the veterinarians of ANMVI comment that they provide the main alarm signals that should not be underestimated. – Beware of background snoring that characterizes breeds such as Bulldogs and Pugs, which have a conformation that predisposes to congenital breathing difficulties. This way of snoring often generates sympathy, but should instead be observed very carefully. Breathing alterations and the darker color of the tongue may indicate a state of fatigue resulting from excessive motor activity or prolonged exposure to inadequate climatic conditions, both indoors and outdoors ori, by increasing reflux, can affect the gastro-enteric system, compromising appetite, digestion and overall well-being “. For all dogs it is good to avoid going out during the hottest hours and be careful of the paws that could burn on hot pavements or sand. Shorten the walk on the hottest and hottest days and avoid walking along sunny roads. Avoid sudden changes in temperature both inside and outside homes and cabins. Avoid long-distance trips especially if the dog shows signs of stress and respiratory fatigue. Also avoid unbalances in meals, alterations in the nutritional regime and forcing in case of inappetence. “Do not underestimate any signal that must be reported to your veterinarian. Prevention and precaution are basic principles, explain the doctors of Anmvi.
Among the suggestions, the Ministry of Health reminds you not to leave pets in the car, even with the windows down or parked in the shade because with the sun the passenger compartment can heat up quickly. Also, do not leave them tied up in areas exposed to direct sunlight, such as in front of the supermarket. Make sure they always have fresh water available and take them to the beach only if there are favorable ventilation and shade conditions. When traveling, it is a good idea to bring water and a towel to cool the animal in case of need. In addition, drive gently, avoiding jolts or sudden accelerations that can cause car sickness even to fido and cat. In the car, safety is essential for which the pet must travel in a suitable carrier or tied to a seat belt. Do not keep the windows down if your dog has a habit of sticking his head out, even if it may seem funny and pleasant, you risk giving your dog ear or eye problems instead. The torrid summer has also multiplied and prolonged the growth of ears and ‘forasacchi’ even in city parks that remain uncultivated, really dangerous for both dogs and cats because they slip into the hair and advance towards the skin, perforating it and causing wounds and even very serious infections. On vacation, veterinarians still remember, never underestimate parasites, fleas, ticks and sand flies. Before leaving, it is a good idea to do a regular treatment with pesticides for preventive purposes, as the bite of these insects can transmit dangerous diseases such as rickettsiosis, ehrlichiosis, leishmaniasis and filariasis to pets. The National Animal Protection Authority adds further indications for those traveling by train, by plane or by ship with your beloved animal. On the train he too will have his reserved seat, and for Fido do not forget to bring the muzzle with you, which is mandatory on public transport.
What you need for a holiday abroad
The first thing to know is that when traveling with your pet, dog or cat, it is essential always have with you the certificate of registration with the registry office, the health booklet of the animal updated with also the owner’s data, the animal’s data, all vaccinations carried out and the date on which these were made. The health booklet, in fact, is a useful reminder to remember the treatments administered to the animal, even if it is not an official document. Before starting the actual journey, it is best to keep the dog fasting for at least a few hours, in order to minimize possible inconveniences for the interiors of our means of transport. When traveling, you should always keep fresh water on hand, especially if it’s hot and if you don’t have air conditioning. If you are traveling by car, and it is possible, it might be useful to make some stops, to allow the dog (or cat) to relax a bit and stretch its paws.
For the procedures to be carried out in the event of a holiday abroad with your four-legged friend, the veterinary analysis laboratory, MYLAV (www.saluteanimale.net), informs that if you travel to EU countries, dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied by a passport. For issuing the passport, the animal must be duly registered in a recognized registry and identified by microchip (or legible tattoo if done before 2011). If you are older than three months, you must have been vaccinated for rabies at a date after microchip identification, otherwise the vaccination will not be validated. The maximum number of animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) that can accompany the owner / authorized person during a single non-commercial movement must not exceed five. When traveling to the UK it is good to know in advance if your dog’s breed is not among those prohibited in England. For travel to third countries, the owner of the animal must contact the diplomatic representation in Italy of the country to be visited for instructions on the certification model and on the type of controls to be certified.

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