Take, for instance, the tiny hedgehog. During one of England's heat waves, thehedgehogs were struggling to stay alive, particularly the babies. They needed water, and there was none to be had.
Luckily, concerned citizens stepped up and made sure hedgehogs had water. It's simple actions that make the difference, and here are some you can take to help wildlife in your area.
First and foremost is making sure wild critters have enough water and easy access to it. As theNational Wildlife Federation (NWF) explains, "Having convenient supplies of clean water can make a huge difference to the survival of local wild species such as birds, butterflies and small mammals, during times of extreme heat and drought."
This is especially true for small animals that may not have a wide range, or for animals that are more mobile but become dehydrated.
保持水的水在你的院子里不会要求你保持软管。相反，确保你院子里有一只小鸟，水很干净，清新。（如果您没有Birdbath，请考虑获得一个。）NWF推荐setting up a drip jug near the birdbath，一些将允许水落入小鸟的东西。水的普罗基诺将吸引鸟类到水中。一旦那里，他们会喝酒和冷静。
The inclination to leave food out for the critters is understandable, but experts discourage it. The NWF says water is more important to the animals' overall survival — they can get by without food for a bit, but not water — and the RSPCA advises against feeding wildlife.
In addition to needing water, animals may require some assistance with heat stress. Animals get overheated and dehydrated, the same as we do, and they manifest some of the same symptoms, including confusion, a loss of balance, and collapsing. If you see animals that are normally in the trees on the ground, or if they're normally nocturnal and you see them during the day, chances are something is wrong.
Aiding wild animals suffering from heat stress can be tricky, and if you don't feel comfortable or safe doing so, don't. Contact animal services or veterinarians instead.
If you do feel comfortable, however, the RSPCA recommends wrapping the animal in a towel and containing it in a cardboard box. Provide the animal with water to drink in a cool, safe area. Dampening the towel or spritzing the animal with mist can also help cool down the critter. Seeking the assistance of professionals, however, is still recommended since human interactions can be stressful for animals. Should you need to transport the animal to a clinic, cool down the car first and minimize the noises inside the car.
And if you're harmed while helping an animal, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Protecting your Pets
While your dog may not spend hours outside during an intense heatwave, many of these rules still apply. But one element that will affect a dog more than other animals is hot pavement. The asphalt's temperature can reach temperatures much higher than the air and burn your pet's paws. To tell if the pavement is too hot, place the back of your hand on the ground. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog.
"It’s best to stay away from cement pathways as much as possible," Aly DelaCoeur, an animal behaviorist and veterinary assistant in Seattle, toldchewy.com. "But avoiding the cement doesn’t have to mean shying away from exercise."
Vets recommend that you walk your dog in the early morning or late evening hours and on grass as much as possible. If you live in an urban area with little access to green space, you may want to invest in booties to cover your dog's paws. While it may take them a while to adjust to wearing shoes, it can help prevent damage.