Lots of shade and access to fresh drinking water is a must and to keep the water extra cold pop some ice cubes into the bowl. You can even make some pet-friendly iced treats. Fill an ice cube tray with lactose-free, plain yoghurt, put the tray in the freezer and wait a couple of hours then sit back and watch your dogs and cats enjoy their very own ice-lollies.
We wear sunscreen to protect our skin and the same rule applies to our pets. Especially those who are white or lighter in colour. Use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet’s skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose. Speak to your vet if you are unsure which product is best to use.
Cats love to sneak off for some peace and quiet but this can also mean they may get trapped inside sheds, greenhouses, garages which may lead to dehydration. Always check before closing them up that yours or your neighbour’s cats aren´t fast asleep inside.
Walk your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler – heatstroke and burning their paws on the pavement. Try the 5-second test – if it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for paws!
If you’re planning a day out with your dog, make sure dogs are allowed. If not, arrange a pet-sitter or choose a dog-friendly activity.
If possible keep windows and doors ajar to allow a breeze through the house. If you have an indoor cat you may need to consider different options such as windows with locking mechanisms, which still allow air into the house but also keeps your cat indoors. Damp towels for your pet to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel can provide welcome relief from the heat. You can also buy cooling pads, and cooling accessories like bandanas and vests.
Paddling pools are great fun for most dogs to splash around in – always drain the pool at the end of the day or cover and secure to protect wildlife. Put the garden sprinkler on – great fun for dogs (think TikTok) and keeps your grass and flowers hydrated too!
Imagine how you would feel wearing your winter coat whilst sat on the beach in eighty degrees! That´s how your dog feels, so book your pooch in for a summer groom and be rewarded with a chilled and cool companion. Most cats love being groomed, it´s all part of the bonding process, whilst at the same time getting rid of any loose hair, dirt and dust. If you have a long-haired breed keep to your daily groom routine, short-haired breeds usually only require once a week.
Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) in these environments which can result in death.