Unlike human, many domestic species can’t sweat through their skin and so rely on panting or releasing heat through their pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Imagine wearing a thick coat throughout summer and you may begin to understand why it is so important to help your pets out in the summer.
So as temperatures rise, follow our guide to keeping your pets safe and having fun in the summer sun.
- Walk your dogs at cooler times of the day, such as early morning and late evening. If it is too hot for a normal walk, be sure to keep your dog’s mind stimulated in other ways, such as learning new tricks or dog brain training games.
- Remember as the temperature heats up, so does the pavement, meaning unfortunately animals can burn their paws. A good rule to follow, is if its too hot for your hand, its too hot for their paws.
- Make sure all of your pets have access to fresh water at all times, and ensure it is filled to the brim.
- Think of fun and inventive ways to encourage your pet to drink, frozen treats, such as left over tuna water in an ice cube tray go down brilliantly with cats.
- Ceramic tiles placed in a rabbit hutch are great for Rabbits looking for a cool patch to lay, also ensure hutches are moved to areas of shade and not in direct sunlight.
- While cats are generally very good at looking after themselves, make sure that they don’t choose to snooze in the direct sunlight, if needed keep them inside on the hotter days.
- For our paler furry friends with white ears, be aware that they can get sun burnt just like us. Invest in a pet sun cream and ensure pet’s outer ears are topped up every few hours.
Monitor your pet closely for signs of over heating, heavily panting (in dogs, it is not normal to see a cat pant), loss of energy, if you notice these signs, find a cool spot for the animal and offer water. If signs progress or if you become more concerned about your pet, contact your Veterinary Practice immediately.
Please also be aware that brachycephalic (short nosed breeds) such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Persian cats, etc as well over weight pets are particularly sensitive to the heat.
Enjoy your summer!