Posted 3rd Jul 2018
The summer months can be a tough time for our pets
The latest weather predictions have revealed the heatwave in Britain is expected to stay for another two weeks, and with temperatures soaring to 33 degrees, it's crucial to keep your pets cool and calm.
If you're unsure how you can do this, try following these five tips to keep your pet happy and healthy as we continue to enjoy the sun.
1 Avoid walking your dog during the hotter parts of the day
This is a more obvious point but no less true - walk your dog either early in the morning or late at night, as hot pavements will only burn their delicate paws.
Even at cooler parts of the day, the pavement can still stay warm, so keep to the shade where it's possible. If it's too hot to hold your palm against the pavement, it's probably too hot to walk your dog.
2 Identify the coolest parts of your home
Keep your pets comfortable by encouraging them to stay in the coolest parts of your home. If you have a room with tiled floors, these can provide a good space for them to relax, whilst cooling mats and wet towels will help their body temperature stay down. Drawing the curtains also prevents direct sunlight from heating up your room, but your pets could still be suffering - wet their ears and paws to help cool them down.
3 Protect your pets' skin and coat
Like humans, sunburn affects animals too, so you should consider protecting them by using pet safe sun cream, providing plenty of shade and even using a protective t-shirt for hairless breeds. Cool coats are an increasingly popular item for dogs to keep their body temperature down and protecting against sunburn - however, these are only effective if the coat stays wet. If it dries out, it will heat up, making your dog feel warmer. A handy alternative is to drape a wet towel over them and put them in front of a fan.
4 Keep them hydrated
Hydration is important - especially in warm weather. Therefore, why not use ice cubes in your pet's water bowl to stay cool? This gives them a cold, refreshing treat. You should also leave extra bowls all around your home to ensure they beat the heat.
5 Think creatively
Freezing treats in ice cubes could be a fun reward to keep your dog cool. Another option could be a paddling pool - it provides a creative alternative to walking them and playing with their toys in a shade covered pool can be a great way to ensure they get enough exercise.
For any smaller animals, be sure to move the hutches into the shade, using ice pods or frozen water bottles to keep cool. It's also important to ensure any protective rain covers are not covering the hutch or blocking any air flow.
Tips courtesy of Vets' Kitchen