2012 has already had a very hot beginning and we’re told to expect more hot days ahead so it is important to remember that our pets also suffer from the heat. Keeping them cool this summer will help reduce the risk of dehydration and heat stroke.
Keep indoors -
If you have the air-conditioning on inside it is a good idea to allow your pet indoors. If they are outside, ensure there are plenty of water bowls and shady spots available.
- Wetting your pet is the best way to cool them down quickly. Having a clam shell filled with water for your dog will allow them to submerge in the water if they feel overheated.
will often find cool spots to hide and rarely need help with cooling down. They will often choose places such as the bathroom sink, tiled floors, tops of fridges/freezers, dark cupboards and wardrobes so make sure they have access to these rooms in summer.
Regular/Daily brushing will help remove mats that trap heat. Ensuring that the fur is not matted and allows air to flow freely through it will help to keep your pet cool. This is especially important in longer haired animals.