Whilst we may have not had the best of summers there has been, and there is still potential for hot weather over the next few months. Whilst many of us rejoice when the sun comes out it is just as important to take care of your pet when it gets warm. Below is some advice you may want to consider so that your pet can enjoy the warm weather as much as you do.
It should be etched in the mind of every pet owner but leaving your animal in the car on a hot day should definitely be avoided. Even with the windows open cars can quickly become ovens which can make your pet overheat. In extreme cases this can even lead to the death of your pet so it is better to be safe than sorry and not leave your animal in the car.
Mad dogs & Englishmen
Everyone knows that it is only mad dogs and Englishmen that go out in the midday sun but as a responsible pet owner you should try to avoid exercising your animal during the periods of extreme heat. If you are taking the dog for a walk for example, try to do this early in the morning or later at night when the temperature is cooler.
If you are going to be spending an extended period of time out and about on hot days then you should make sure your pet has somewhere in the shade where they can sit. Too much exposure to the sun can lead to heat exhaustion and in some breeds even sunburn.
Water of life
It is essential to have plenty of water so that your pet can take a drink when they need to. Just as we become thirsty on hot days, so does your pet so be prepared and take enough supplies with you. For those heading out on adventures, we have a great range of travel products including the RAC Travel Dog Water Bottle, the Pet Gear Travel Food and Water Case and the Road Refresher Pet Non Spill Travel Bowl. Cats in particularly like running, well oxygenated water as the weather heats up which is why a Cat Water Fountain can be a great addition to your home this summer.
Whilst it may be tempting to closely shave a pet as the temperature increases, this should typically be avoided. A hair cut can be a good idea but their fur is often a part of their natural insulation. It is best to keep your pet well groomed and brushed, avoiding matting and tangling so that the air can circulate throughout their fur effectively.
Keep an eye out
Ultimately as a sensible pet owner your priority should be to ensure your pet can enjoy the warm weather whilst avoiding the risks. Look out for the warning signs such as excessive panting or salivation in dogs or in other animals staggering, general weakness or confusion. This could be signs of exhaustion or sunstroke.
By being careful and making sure you are prepared for the hot weather you and your pet will be able to enjoy the summer. As long as your pet has the opportunity to keep cool, always has plenty to drink and is prepped for higher temperatures you should be able to cope with everything the British summer has to throw at you.