With the hot weather making an appearance it is important to be prepared to keep all your pets cool this summer. Read some of great tips below to make sure your pets stay cool!
It is important that your pets have a shaded are to be able to keep cool, it is also ideal to bring dogs inside on hot days the chances are if you are felling hot they are too.
Small animals are particularly susceptible to heat such as Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and birds. Usually these animals are brought in over winter but they should also be brought indoors when it’s hot outside. You can drape cages with wt towels and freeze their water bottles which they will lean against.
Dogs like to wade in water to keep cool, put a shell pool in the shade in your garden and fill it with water, make sure to only shallow fill the clam with water if you own a smaller dog, to below your pet’s lying height if you are leaving the pet unattended for any period of time. Once your dog has been in the pool and is wet you can put them near a fan making sure you keep any water away from electrical items. Check out our fans and see if we have one suitable to keep you dog cool.
Dogs will drink more when the weather is warm so make sure you have more than one water bowl out, keep the bowls in the shade and refill them with fresh cold water more than usual, add some ice to the water to keep it cool.
Walking Your Dog
Walking your dog when it’s hot outside can cause damage to their paws, it is better to take your dog out later in the day when it is cooling down and walking them on grass. If you are unsure about when it’s cool enough to walk your dog press your hand on the pavement for a few seconds. If it is too hot for you then it will be too hot for your dogs paws.
Wetting a towel and letting your pet lie on it can keep them cool and comfortable. You can also buy cooling mats that you place in the fridge to cool them down even more. Do not leave your pet unsupervised when lying on the mat, some do contain gel and this could be harmful if chewed and swallowed.
Pets do burn too, cats suffer from sunburn more than most other pets so try and provide as much shade as possible. Protect dogs noses as well pink noses can become sunburnt easily. Animal sunscreen is a thing for dogs so make sure it is applied.
Animals In Hot Cars
Animals must NEVER be left in cars when the weather is hot, people think that leaving an animal for 10 minutes or so is fine but that is not the case, animals can die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes when left in a car in hot weather.
Do not ignore signs of heatstroke in your pet, the signs are:
- Excessive salivating
- Heavy panting
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Increased heart rate
- Lack of coordination
- Reluctance or inability to stand
- In extreme cases there may be loss of consciousness
If your pet is showing any of the above signs then try to cool your pet down gradually by dousing them in cool water. Do not use ice cold water as this may cause shock. Please seek immediate veterinary attention as heatstroke can be fatal to pets.
We hope the above tips help you keep your animals cool this summer and ensure they stay safe and healthy throughout the warm days.
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