The heat is officially on. And while us humans might relish the warmer weather, for some pets summer can be overwhelming. That fur that kept them cosy all winter can be a burden in the heat. So here are our top tips for helping your pets keep their cool this summer:
- Keep playtime to early morning and late afternoon or evening. Exercise is important, but you should always avoid the sun and the heat of the day
- Keep your pets inside, in a well-ventilated room. If your pet spends most of his time outside, ensure there are shady areas and cool places he can retreat to.
- Even if you do take care to keep your pet cool, he can still get overheated. So keep an eye on the signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion. These can include excessive panting and difficulty breathing, weakness and vomiting. Get straight to the vet if you notice any of these concerning signs.
- Keep those water bowls filled and top up more regularly than you do in winter. Ensure your water bowls are wide and deep and can’t be knocked over. And leave them in shady spots. Water in a stainless steel bowl in the sun gets hot very quickly.
- Some breeds are more susceptible to respiratory and heat-related health conditions, so if you have a breed such as a Pug dog or Pekinese cat, take a trip to the vet now for a pre-summer health check. Older pets or those with certain health conditions are also at risk, so be extra mindful of keeping these pets cool.
- Never, ever leave your pet in the car. Ever.