Mumbai: October heat takes its toll on animals

 The scorching heat is not only taking a toll on humans but also on the birds and animals in the city. The increasing temperature which has been above 35 degree Celsius since the past few weeks seems to have mostly affected the pets of Mumbaikars 

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The merciless heat has taken a toll on the pets of Mumbaikars and at the moment 50 dogs, 27 cats are being treated at the animal hospital in Parel. Five cows are also being treated at the hospital.

In this month, around 65 birds have been treated at Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals in Parel. Among the species of birds – pigeon, doves, cuckoos, crows, owls, and parrots have been most affected with heat related issues. These birds can suffer from fever, skin diseases, vomiting and dizziness due to excessive heat.

Speaking with My Medical Mantra, Dr J C Khanna, secretary of the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals, said, “A lot of pets have been brought in for treatment. While stray dogs and cats can adjust to the changes in temperature it is difficult for pets to do so. Pets in Mumbai get accustomed to the air-conditioning inside the homes and then find it difficult to adjust to temperature fluctuations. Due to such weather there is an increase in infections in animals.”

He added, “The animals are facing health problems like breathing difficulties, diarrhoea, dehydration, vomiting, lips turning white, low levels of fluids in the body and a slow heart beat.”

Tips to help animals cool down

  • Fill the utensils with water and place them outside your home or in the building compound.
  • Mix glucose in the water.
  • Keep the utensils in the shade
  • Keep the animals in a well-ventilated environment.