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Keeping your pets safe this summer

Keeping your pets safe this summer

19th June, 2023

As the warm weather continues, are you as excited as we are to be making the most of it with our pets by our side? Trips to the beach, barbeques in the garden, walks in the sun - the list is endless…

With that being said, it’s important to ensure that not only are you protected this summer, but your furry companion is also safe and comfortable. According to animal rights organisation PETA, in 2022 they received reports of 54 animals suffering a heat-related death and a further 469 being rescued from the heat.

Given that they’re unable to remove layers when they get too hot, or cool themselves down from sweating like we do, your pets are prone to suffering from heatstroke during the hotter months. This is especially true for dogs who are either very old or young, overweight or don’t get enough regular exercise.

Keep in mind these warning signs if you’re worried that your pet may have heatstroke:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Panting heavily
  • Struggling to breathe
  • Vomiting
  • Appearing drowsy or uncoordinated
  • Collapsing

None of us want to see our pets uncomfortable or in pain, but as long as we follow a few simple steps we can make sure they have an enjoyable summer with us – just as they deserve.

Constant access to water

Whether you’re heading on a walk or relaxing in your garden, it’s important to make sure your pet has access to water at all times. Be sure to refill their water bowl regularly, and if you are going on a walk then take a water bottle and some form of bowl with you.

You could also add ice to the water to keep it cold – just make sure it’s not so big that your pet may choke on it.

Carefully consider when to take them on a walk

It’s important that your pet gets regular exercise, but consider what time you’re taking them out on a walk. During the summer months it’s best to walk them early morning or late evening, avoiding the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak.

Check the pavement

If you’re about to go out and you’re concerned about whether it’s too hot for your pet then test the pavement. Remember that if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.

A good rule to follow is the seven-second test – rest the back of your hand on the pavement for seven seconds, if you can’t hold it there for the full time due to the heat then your pet shouldn’t be walking on it.

Your pet can suffer from burnt paws if they are made to walk on surfaces that are too hot, so keep an eye out for warning signs such as limping or not walking, licking their feet, blisters or darkness on their pads.

Make sure they have shade and other sun protection

Ensuring your pet has access to a shaded area away so that they can stay out of direct sunlight will help to avoid them getting too hot or burning.

Also, look into sun cream that’s safe for pets to use on areas that are exposed and generally more sensitive, such as their nose and ears. Remember that it’s important to use sun cream even when not in direct sunlight – for pets and humans alike!

Look after your smaller pets, too

Small pets such as fish, lizards and birds can also be affected by the sun and hot weather, so it’s important to also make sure they’re as comfortable as possible.

Keep cages and water tanks out of direct sunlight so that they don’t overheat and try to keep them in a cool area of your home. Also, change their water regularly to keep it clean.

We know that the last thing you want is to be spending a sunny day at the vets taking care of your seriously ill pet, so it’s always worth taking those few extra minutes to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible so that you all can have a great summer.

Written by: Shannan Errington

*Please note that the above information has been gathered through secondary research. The information provided is not based on our opinion. You should seek further guidance and information before making an informed decision.


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