Frozen drinks and frozen toys – tips for keeping your pets cool

Don’t let your pets lose their temper in hot weather

They are (usually) covered in thick fur and cannot sweat or regulate their body temperature as well as people, so it is up to us to protect them during the warmer months. Over her 30 years at Woodgreen, Wendy has learned a few tips and tricks to help you!

What can I do to keep my house cool?

We recommend that you keep all windows, doors and curtains closed during the day to keep the heat out and turn on a fan to circulate the air. Make sure your pet’s water bowl is refilled regularly to keep him hydrated. If it’s still warm inside, wrap a few frozen water bottles in damp towels so your pets can lie next to them. You can also give your dog frozen treats like stuffed Kongs or carrots, and some cats may appreciate a frozen Lick-e-Lix popsicle. Products such as cooling mats, cooling vests, and freezable toys can also be helpful if used correctly.

From shade and water to popsicles and frozen toys – keep your pets cool this summer

Can I still take my dog ​​out in hot weather?

Walking dogs in the heat is extremely dangerous. Not only can they burn their paws on hot sidewalks or hot sand, but exercising in hot weather can also lead to serious heat-related illnesses, even on short walks. For days that are expected to be warmer than 20 degrees, you should walk your dog very early in the morning or late at night when it is still cool. Instead of a walk, you can opt for a light workout or enrichment at home, or a paddling pool in the shade.

Be extremely careful when traveling with dogs in the car. Temperatures can very quickly become dangerously high and cause pain (or even death) to your dog. Dogs should never be left in a car in hot weather, even in the shade with the windows open. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

How do I know if my dog ​​has heat stroke?

It’s normal for dogs to pant to cool off, but if this becomes excessive, they can suffer from heatstroke. Other symptoms include bright red gums, dribbling, confusion, unsteadiness, collapse, and even seizures. If you think your dog is too hot, get him into the shade quickly and cool him down gently with warm water, especially around his neck, head and groin. If you are concerned, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

What about pets that live or spend time outdoors?

It’s a good idea to keep cats indoors between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day. Make sure they have plenty of shady spots in the garden, such as cat-friendly furniture and plants. Cats with white noses and ears are at risk for sunburn and can be very painful, so stock up on pet-friendly sunscreen that doesn’t contain zinc oxides.

If you can, move rabbit and guinea pig enclosures into the shade (and remember that the sun will move throughout the day!). If you can’t move them, create shade with a garden umbrella, gazebo, or white sheet, while making sure they’re well ventilated. Since there are more flies in the summer, it’s a good idea to clean your small animal enclosure more regularly to avoid fly attacks. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water, as well as piles of hay to burrow into. You can also give them frozen water bottles, wet towels, and/or cold tiles to lay next to.

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Raymond I. Langston