Top 10 tips on keeping pets cool this summer

Top 10 Tips on keeping your pet cool

Phew, when the British summer finally arrives we often make a quick dash for the shade or to offices and stops with the air con fully on.

Just think of our furry friends and how hard it must be for them to cope with the extreme heat, especially now when weather changes by more than 10 degrees overnight! There’s no time for our pets to acclimatise gradually to temperature changes any more.

We’ve put together our Top 10 tips to keeping your cats and dogs 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 – If you have to walk mid-day, ensure the route has shade cover
  2. Check the pavement – is it’s too hot to our hands, it’s too hot for our pet’s paw pads
  3. Take plenty of water on walks or journeys in travel water bowls or bottles
  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, during hot weather even for as little as ten minutes, as the air in the car quickly heats up and can cause fatal overheating. The same goes for a hot sunroom or sun trap.
  6. Ensure your pet is hydrated and has access to a constant supply of fresh water – consider a water fountain if your pet doesn’t seem to enjoy drinking water
  7. Give them cool treats, such as ice toys, bandanas and cooling mats – cats may enjoy batting an ice cube around on a hard floor
  8. Pop pet sun cream on white or pale coated pets to prevent burning, watching areas with less hair cover – ears in particular
  9. Don’t assume your dog is a good swimmer, keep watch when your dog is in water, consider river currents and seaside tides or buy a doggie life jacket
  10. Ensure your pet has a cool place to retreat to, encourage them to move if they’ve been laying in the heat 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.

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