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  Metros   Mumbai  07 May 2017  Take extra care of birds, animals this summer

Take extra care of birds, animals this summer

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : May 7, 2017, 1:48 am IST
Updated : May 7, 2017, 1:48 am IST

Dr Khanna said that 25 animals including cows, bulls, goats and mules had been admitted to the hospital due to heat-related disorders.

Dr J. C. Khanna with a bird on Saturday. (Photo: Asian Age)
 Dr J. C. Khanna with a bird on Saturday. (Photo: Asian Age)

Mumbai: In the past three months, 643 birds have been brought to the animal hospital in Parel after they all suffered heat stroke. In April, the number of birds brought to the hospital was 250 while the number was the highest in March at 363. However, the reason for reduction in the number of birds brought to the hospital may be insensitivity and the actual number of birds suffering from heat stroke may be higher than the number brought to the hospital.

Over the past week, the hospital has been treating about 25 birds daily. Dr J.C. Khanna, secretary and in-charge, BSPCA Hospital, said, “The rise in temperatures makes birds sick and unable to find food and water in the scorching heat, they usually fall to the ground.”

 

“The major cause is dehydration due to heat stroke in birds and animals, and it is important for them to maintain their body temperature. Summer is a difficult season for animals and birds and if not treated properly, issues related to dehydration, stomach troubles and fever can turn fatal for them,” he said.

Dr Khanna said that 25 animals including cows, bulls, goats and mules had been admitted to the hospital due to heat-related disorders.

Veterinarians have reported an increase in the number of cases of dehydration and heat stroke with over 40 cases of birds collapsing due to heat stroke.

Different species of birds such as pigeon, spotted owlet, Asian cuckoo, parrot, sea bird, heron, crow and black kite have been severely hit by rising mercury levels.

 

Tags: heat stroke, animal hospital, bspca hospital