Five tips to keep it cool this summer

Whether you crave long days at the beach in the sunshine, or grimace through sweltering days with an ice-coffee in hand, we’ve all got our ways of coping with the heat.

But for our furry friends, cooling down isn’t as easy as flicking on the air conditioning remote, or driving down to the local pools. As a loving pet owner, it’s up to you to keep them happy and healthy as the thermometer soars during the warmer months.

Here are five tips to help your animals keep their cool this summer.                                             

Stay shady

We recommend bringing your pets indoors on hot days. If you're feeling warm, chances are they are too. If your pet has fair skin and will be outdoors even for a short period of time, we suggest using pet-friendly sunscreen to keep skin cancers at bay. 

Short nosed or flat faced dog breeds are also more susceptible to heat stroke e.g. Pugs, English bulldogs, French bulldogs.

Don’t forget your small furry friends in the garden too! Guinea pigs and rabbits are very vulnerable in warmer weather, so you should consider bringing them inside when it really starts to heat up. We also suggest frozen water bottle in a sock or tea towel to help cool the small pet.

Water, water, water

You might be surprised to know that your pets sweat too. Keep your cat or dog hydrated with plenty of fresh water bowls. You can even add some ice to keep them extra cool.

If you’re on the go, consider investing in a portable dog water bowl. If you have a dog, consider making a mini ‘pool’ for them to cool down by filling a clam shell with water. Remember to secure your yard and provide fencing in order to keep children safe.

Exercise caution with exercise

You might want to reconsider your daily dog walk on really hot days. A ground that feels hot to touch can do serious damage to your pooch’s paws. Alternatively, you can walk them early morning or evening, when the weather is cooler.

By doing this you’ll also avoid dehydration, sunburn and heat stress that
can occur.

Park the car trip (literally)

Did you know that all it takes it six minutes for a dog (or cat) to die in a hot car? Never leave your pet unattended in the car as temperatures in the car can rapidly reach double the outside temperature – even on mild days.

If you see an animal locked in a hot car, immediately phone police on 000.

Clip and snip

Grooming is particularly important to keep your dogs cool during summer. This can help prevent matting and also ensures your pets are regularly checked for ticks, fleas and mites.

You can ignore this tip if you have a double coated dog, like a Husky or a Golden Retriever. These guys naturally shed their undercoat during summer, allowing their skin to remain cool. If shaved, growing back this undercoat can make dogs even hotter.

However, dogs with undercoats do need regular brushing to help thin out the undercoat and to remove knots and tangles.  If the undercoat is matted, your dog will struggle to cool down then they get too hot.  

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