Top Tips For Keeping Your Pets Cooler Over The Summer

The long awaited summer is finally here but remember that our pets don’t always cope as well as we do in the heat. Here are some top tips for summer dog and cat care.

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Summer Dog Care

  • Ensure they have access to shade and fresh water.
  • Circulate the room air.
  • Do not leave dogs in hot cars and try to avoid long car journeys.
  • Don’t exercise your pooch in the middle of the day. Try early morning or late evening when the temperatures are lower.
  • Check the pavement before you take your walk to ensure it’s not too hot.
  • Provide cool snacks e.g. ice cubes

Summer Cat Care

  • Remember to always provide plenty of cool fresh water to keep our cats hydrated in the heat.
  • Think of the type of bowl you are using, try to use bowl that will keep the water cool.
  • If possible keep cats indoors during the hottest part of the day, to protect them from the sun and heat stroke.
  • Cats can get sun damaged like us, so it is important to apply some sun block onto pink or light skinned ears and noses to prevent this.
  • It is a good idea to keep air circulating around the home, but remember cats are nosy and are not immune from falling out of windows. Always have a protective netting over fully opening windows or open them a small amount.
  • Make sure you give your feline friend regular grooming sessions throughout summer to help remove any excess coat, which will make them feel cooler. This is also a good way of checking for any lumps or bumps that might have appeared.
  • It is a good idea to provide a cool darkened spot for your cat to hide. This could be a box or bed under a desk or table, to give your cat relief away from the bright sun.

For more advice pop into your local practice and speak to one of our nurses.

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