As the temperature rises this Summer, it is important to consider how our pets are coping with the heat. Pets, like us, can suffer heatstroke too!
Ensure your pets are well hydrated by having fresh water available for them at all times. If you know that there is going to be a really hot day, make sure to place multiple water bowls out for them in the shade. Adding a few ice cubes into the water bowls or even freezing some treats can help to keep their body temperature down. Ceramic bowls will keep the water cooler longer than metal bowls.
It is ideal to consider bringing your pets inside on really hot days however, if this is not possible, always make sure to provide a shady area. If they cannot be in an air-conditioned area, consider having a fan where they spend most of their time. For pets outdoors during the day, sunscreen can help to prevent them from getting sunburnt.
If your dog or cat has long hair, grooming them regularly over Summer can help them stay cool. Supplying pets with paddling or clam shell pools filled with water can also be beneficial so they are able to hop in to cool down throughout the day.
Make sure to only exercise early in the morning or the late evening when it is cooler, and avoid walking on really hot days. A good test to see whether those little paws can take the hot pavement is to place your hand on the ground. If you can't hold it there comfortably for 10 seconds, then NO WALKIES. It is also important to never leave your pet enclosed in a car during Summer, as this can be extremely harmful or even fatal.
Be sure to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible if you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, signs include, excessive panting, drooling, increased thirst, lethargy, high temperature, vomiting, diarrhoea and in extreme cases, seizure.
Ensure both you and your pets play it cool this Summer, and most of all, stay safe!