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Effects of Weather on Pets

Tips to keep your pet cool in summer

It is well known that extreme heat can take a very serious toll on your pets, as they cannot easily cool themselves down like people can. Before you take your four-legged friends on a walk, be sure that it is safe for them to exert themselves. If you are unsure, we’ve put together a handy guide on do’s and don’ts to follow during those really hot days.


The do’s:

  • If your pet is home alone, make sure the house is nice and cool by leaving the aircon or fan on, and making sure they are wearing a cooling vest, or have a cool spot to lie down on.
  • Offer plenty of shade and water if your pet is spending the day outside by making sure they have a shade cloth or large tree to lie under.You can also use a plastic kiddies pool for them to splash in, or set a timed sprinkler to give your pet a spray of water every now and then.
  • Make sure you have multiple water access points for your pet, and make sure that the bowls are in the shade to ensure that the water doesn’t get hot and undrinkable.
  • A great way to keep your pet cool is by making ice cube treats for them. Simply make some ice cubes or popsicles with tasty treats inside, so your pet gets a nice cold snack while trying to reach the food inside.
  • If your pets seems uncomfortable, wet their feet and gently spray their faces with water, as these are the areas that pets use to cool themselves down.

The don’ts:

  • Do not exercise your pet when it’s hot and humid, or during the middle of the day. Rather wait until late evening or early morning when the air is cooler, and carry water for them to drink during the walk.
  • Never leave your animal locked in the car, not even for a few minutes while you quickly pop into the shop. Temperatures in a car skyrocket during hot days and gets so hot, your animal will start to dehydrate. (You won’t leave your child in the car, so don’t leave your pet)
  • Watch the humidity factor, because if the air is full of moisture, it makes it difficult for your pet to pant enough to cool himself off, and if they cannot cool down, they’re at risk of getting heatstroke.

If you need more information about your pet’s health during the warm summer days, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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