Here are some simple tips to make sure our furry friends don’t over heat as we head into summer.
Have you ever spent too long in the sun and felt like you were about to boil over? Well humans aren’t the only ones to struggle with the heat, animals are at as much at risk as humans of over heating (heat prostration).
To avoid this, NEVER leave your pet in the car for any period of time. Before long an unattended car in the sun can turn into an oven and leaving a small crack in the window is never sufficient ventilation to counteract this sudden temperature rise.
Have you ever walked along the street and felt the heat rising from the pavement? Well if you can feel the heat on you from the tarmac, just think how your little friends belly will feel being that much closer to the ground! Try to avoid walking for long periods on tarmac with your pet, why not head to a park or walk on the shaded side of the street to ensure your companion can avoid a tummy roasting. Another tactic would be to consider exercising your pets early in the morning or late in the evening when the atmosphere is naturally cooler.
Thinking of heading to the beach for the day? Would you take a parasol to protect yourself and provide shelter from the rays? Well you need to do the same for your pet too. Also, don’t forget we shouldn’t drink sea water and neither should they. Be sure to take plenty of fresh water for your animals to avoid dehydration. Do you rinse off after a refreshing dip in the sea? So must your pets, be sure to rinse their fur free of any salt water.
Back at home give them the opportunity to escape the sun by moving their beds & cages to the coolest room in the house. Thus creating a temporary sanctuary for them in the hot summer months, just think how grumpy you would get if you were baking all day!
And finally, remember to ensure your pets have access to cold, clean water that’s changed on a regular basis.
Basic tips, yet vital for a happy, safe pet this summer. Now all we need is the sun to try them all out……. Fingers and paws crossed!