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Too HOT to handle....

June 18, 2018

With rising heat index, heat stress is a real threat to the health and well-being of animals living outside.  Check on your pasture animals three times a day, if possible.  Be on the lookout for signs, know the choices you can make to relieve the stress for them and call your vet if you cannot alleviate the signs.  

 

It can be a matter of life or death!

 

SIGNS:  

  •      Bunching in the shade

  •      Slobbering or excessive salivation

  •      Foam around the mouth

  •      Panting, open mouth breathing, tongue out

  •      Lack of coordination

  •      Trembling

 

MANAGEMENT:

  • SHADE  - Spray cool water on roof of building to reduce temperature.

  • VENTILATION  - Sunshades should be high off the ground to allow for adequate air movement.

  • CLEAN, COOL drinking water - Water requirements at 90 degrees are twice that at 70 degrees!!

  • WETTING - animals showing signs should be repeatedly sprayed with cool water until signs dissipate. If they do not, call your vet.

  DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Older animals and those with a past history of health problems will be more affected by heat stress and are the 1st to show signs.

  • Heavier livestock and dark hided animals are the most susceptible to heat stress.

  • Body temperatures peak in the early evening.

  • Animals lose water  through evaporation from the skin or lungs, as well as through urination.

EFFECTS OF HEAT STRESS ON YOUR ANIMALS...

  • Reduced feed intake/weight gain

  • Lower milk production

  • Increased disease suspectibility

  • Changes in behavior 

  • DEATH

 

 

 

     

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