With summer here and temperatures rising, it’s important to protect the pets in your care. Overheating can cause animals to suffer heatstroke, which can lead to organ failure and even death.
Symptoms can include:
• Excessive thirst
• Heavy panting
• Lack of appetite
Here are five ways to help keep your pets cool this summer:
1. Keep your pets inside
Dogs are particularly susceptible to heatstroke as they only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Where possible, on really hot and humid days, keep them inside with windows open or air conditioning/fans on.
2. Provide shade and access to plenty of water
Having several sources of water is vital in case one is spilt.
3. Limit exercise
Avoid physical activities like games and walks, especially at the hottest time of the day. Apart from heatstroke, dogs can also burn their paws on hot pavement.
4. Avoid hot cars
You should never leave a pet in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods and with the windows open. They can succumb to heatstroke within minutes.
Consider giving your pet a haircut, particularly if they’re long-haired.