What is Heat Stress?
Heat stress refers to a condition that occurs when the body’s ability to regulate its internal temperature is overwhelmed by external heat and humidity. It can affect humans and animals, including livestock.
Heat stress in animals, including livestock such as cattle, horses, and poultry, occurs when their thermoregulatory mechanisms are unable to cope with excessive heat. Animals are particularly vulnerable to heat stress due to their limited ability to cool down through sweating or panting, especially if they are kept in Many Records Possibleconfined spaces without proper ventilation or shade.
Signs of heat stress in animals may include excessive sweating, increased respiration rate, elevated heart rate, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and in severe cases, loss of consciousness or collapse. Heat stress can have serious health consequences and can even be fatal if not promptly addressed.
Preventing and managing heat stress involves taking precautions to avoid excessive heat exposure, staying hydrated, seeking cooler environments, and implementing cooling strategies such as shade.
In summary, heat stress occurs when an animal’s thermoregulatory system is unable to effectively regulate internal temperature in response to excessive heat and humidity. It is important to take preventive measures and respond promptly to signs of heat stress to prevent heat-related illnesses and complications.
Basics of Heat Stress in Horses
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