Summer is finally here – and along with it a heatwave. Yay for us, but our pets might find the heat a little bit difficult to handle – here are some tips to help your pet cope:
- Make sure your pet has access to clean fresh water.
- Ensure that there is a shaded area or sheltered area for your pest to rest in to get out of the sun.
- Try to walk your dog during cooler times of the day such as morning or evening, bring water.
- If you are bringing your pet anywhere in the car try to avoid long journeys and do not leave your pet in the car – as he/she can easily overheat.
- Add ice cubes to their water bowl to keep the water cool.
- Set up a paddling pool for your dog.
- Use pet safe sun cream – especially for white cats and dogs.
- avoid leaving pets alone in conservatories or glass environments as these tend to be much warmer than other parts of the house.
- In hot weather rabbits living outdoors will need shade and as the sun moves their hutch should be moved to a cooler area.
- Keep domestic fish tanks or reptile cages out of contact with direct sunlight.
- Bird or hamster cages shouldn’t be kept on the windowsill.
If you notice your pet becoming distressed in the heat, look out for signs of heat exhaustion and contact the vet immediately – thing to look out for are:
- excessive panting.
- red gums and tongue.
- vomiting or diarrhoea.
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Tips for Pets in the Hot Weather
- Don’t leave your pet in the car, even on mild days.
- Beware of hot pavement on sensitive toes.
- Don’t shave all their hair off.
- Don’t over exercise.
- Provide plenty of water at all times.
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If you are worried please don’t hesitate to contact us.