How to help pets handle the summer heat

How to help pets handle the summer heat

It’s been a long time coming but those summer months are finally here and with them, they bring hot and humid temperatures.

While we can slap on some sun cream and change into a t-shirt with ease when it all gets too much, our furry friends may need a little more help to keep cool.

Read on for some tips on keeping dogs cool in summer.

Top tips on keeping dogs cool and cats content

While you may think sun cream is just for humans, you’d be wrong! You can actually buy sun cream especially designed for pets.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs so it’s vital to protect your cuddly companions if they’re going to be getting a hit of hot weather.

So, next time you see your pet taking a kip on the window ledge or sprawled out in the garden, just remember that they are at risk of catching some unfriendly rays.

Dogs with pale skin and thin hair such as greyhounds, as well as cats with pink noses are especially vulnerable to sun damage.

Walkies

Take care when walking your pets in summer. You should take care to avoid the hottest times, which are midday and early afternoon.

Remember that feeling of walking on the scorching beach in your bare feet? This is what it’s like for dogs walking on concrete on hot days, so try and ensure they have plenty of shade to hide in when they are in the garden or out for a walk.

Don’t leave them in the car

Never leave your dog in the car in hot weather – even with the window open – as they can overheat and even die. It only takes you to be delayed slightly for you to be distracted from the fact that your pet is alone and baking.

Keep hydrated

Ensure dogs and cats have a bowl of cold water nearby at all times which you should regularly top up.

A dog’s body weight is made up of almost ¾ water, so losing a tenth of this water means your pet could suffer from severe dehydration.

Keep off the grass

Keep a beady eye on your pet sniffing around grass seed as it can cause infection and swelling in animals.

Owners may not realise the extent to which their animal has been affected as the seed can burrow into the body and the only signs are irritation, biting and whining– so always consult your vet if you are unsure what is wrong with your pet.

Regular grooming

Long hair can get uncomfortable for pets with the high temperatures in the summer.

It can easily cause your pet to become overheated. Ensure your brush your pet’s fur frequently to remove dead hair – an unnecessary extra layer they might be dragging round in the hot weather.

So, next time you head out for some summer sunshine, remember to follow our top tips to help avoid your pet from suffering with any sun related illnesses like sunstroke. It’s best to carry around lots of water for your furry friend and even pet sun cream with you to avoid getting caught out. It’s also a good idea to make sure your cat or dog is protected in the event of illness or accidents. One way to do this is by purchasing pet insurance.

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