Top 10 tips for keeping your pets cool this summer

top 10 tips for keeping your pets cool this summer

Spending time outside in the sun with friends and family is why we love the British summer, but whilst we enjoy the bbqs and beach trips, our furry companions may find it hard to cope with the extreme heat and potentially go on to suffer from heatstroke.

We’ve put together our Top 10 tips to help keep your pet cool and out of heat-related danger this summer.

Top 10 tips on keeping pets cool this summer.

  1. Walk your dog earlier in the morning or later in the evening – Even at 20-23 degrees dogs are at risk of heatstroke. If you have to walk mid-day, ensure the route has shade cover.
  2. Check the pavement – Put the back of your hand or bare foot on the pavement for 7 secs. If it’s too hot for our hands, it’s too hot for our pet’s paw pads.
  3. Plenty of water- Make sure your dog has access to a constant supply of fresh water and keep bowls full. Take water in travel water bowls or bottles for walks and long journeys.
  4. Keep pets well groomed-  Ensure they’re booked in for a summer haircut or regularly brush and groom your pet to get rid of any excess hair/fur.
  5. NEVER leave dogs in cars- If it’s 22 degrees outside, it can reach 47 degrees inside a car within an hour, even if the window is open. At this temperature a dog could develop heat stroke or die.
  6. Look out for signs of heatstroke- Excessive panting, vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of co-ordination or loss of consciousness. Contact your vet immediately if your pet shows any of these signs.
  7. Give them cool treats- Ice toys, bandanas and cooling mats – cats may enjoy batting an ice cube around on a hard floor.
  8. Pet sun cream – Pets with less hair or with white coats are just as susceptible to sunburn as you are. To prevent your pet from burning, use some sun cream on areas with less hair e.g ears
  9. Keep watch when your dog is in water- Don’t assume your dog is a good swimmer, consider river currents and seaside tides or buy a doggie life jacket.
  10. Ensure your pet has a cool place to retreat to- Encourage your pet to move inside or to a shaded area of the garden if they’ve been laying in the heat for a long time.

If you think for a moment that your pet isn’t coping with the heat and could be in danger of heatstroke, take them to your vets immediately.

Take a few extra sensible precautions and both you and your pet should be able to enjoy the summer sun.