Havana Tove, 6 years old
Mia Lavanti: “Tove, who is distracted and dances with her hind paws, has been glued to me since she was a puppy. That’s why you had to get into the sauna when you were little.
For the first time, Tove was in pain with me in the steam room at the cottage. That’s when I thought it was saunaing just because of me. One Midsummer, however, it went to the sauna without me. I was amazed when the sauna crew came to tell me that there Tove was lounging on the benches with them.
Nowadays, Tove stands in front of the sauna door waiting to get there. It always pleases the upper boards, and eventually begins to gasp, at which point it must be patted to cool. After being on the lower benches for a while, it has to get back up again. ”
”Kun it’s a sauna-crazy nation that gets used to babies in the steam room, isn’t it any wonder that pets are also taking a sauna? ”
This is what an expert from the Kennel Club says Kaisa Metteri-Gold, when he is curious about the reason for a pet sauna.
Into, though, is probably an unnecessarily faint word. Rather, it could be said that dogs and cats outright crave for steam – either after people or all by themselves.
The claim was also confirmed by Helsingin Sanomat’s survey of sauna animals. It was answered by more than a thousand readers whose pets do not get enough from the sauna. The survey led us to sauna dogs and cats in the metropolitan area.
MAccording to etteri-Gold, dogs in particular have individual and breed-specific differences in whether they enjoy sauna or not.
He highlights especially short-haired dogs, which park immediately in the first rays of the summer and go to lie on a line of light.
“They feel comfortable in the sauna just because of the heat. On the other hand, some pets may go to the sauna to get involved, ”says Metteri-Gold.
“And while short-nosed breeds are known to suffer more easily from the heat, my feeling is that they are often exceptionally crazy about the heat of the sauna,” he continues.
Vaikka pet would love the sauna, Metteri-Gold recommends to curb the sauna of dogs and cats.
“I would say it’s not worth teaching an animal to sauna. However, there is always a risk of heat stroke, ”he emphasizes.
The chief veterinarian of the University Small Animal Hospital is on the same lines Sanna Viitanen.
Namely, dogs and cats are not able to regulate body temperature by sweating, like humans. Therefore, the pet must be guaranteed free exit from the sauna, the veterinarian emphasizes.
“Particular care should be taken with short-muzzled dogs who suffer from upper airway congestion,” says Viitanen.
Jos the dog starts to gasp, it is good to tell away from the steam, according to Viitanen and Metteri-Gold.
Experts remind that it is not advisable to leave a dog alone in the sauna. It would also be good to remember not to throw steam when the pet is in the sauna. Instead, it can be provided with water from a steam bucket as a sauna drink.
In addition, Metteri-Gold advises to monitor the pet throughout the sauna so that it does not hit the heater or drip from the benches.
“The same instructions actually apply to a pet as to small children or babies,” he sums up.
This article is part of HS’s Pictures of Finland series. You can read the previous parts of the series online at hs.fi/sivu/kuvia-suomesta/.
Mikko Suutarinen, pictures
Oona Laine, text
Katri Kallionpää, editing
Lilli Korhonen, net fold
PUBLISHED ON 7 JULY 2021 © Helsingin Sanomat