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Looking After Your Pet in the Summer Sun

by Angela Hickey | 2 min read

June 27th, 2018

7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool

Finally the summer sun has arrived! Luckily we have been enjoying some lovely sunshine across Ireland over the last few weeks and its set to continue. So while we are out enjoying the sun spare a thought for our 4 legged friends. Here are our top 7 tips to keep your pet cool and some advice should they overheat.

  1. Cool & Breezy: Make sure your pet has access to a shaded, breezy place if outdoors.
  2. Hydrate: Ensure your pet has access to plenty of cold, fresh, drinking water at all times. If travelling bring collapsible drinking bowls and offer cold water regularly.
  3. Siesta: Walk your dog in the morning or evening and try to avoid the warmer parts of the day.
  4. Burnt paws: Be aware of pavements and roads heating up and causing burns to your pet’s Paws
  5. Safer left at home: Think ahead when planning a day out.  Can you protect your pet from overheating on a beach or during a long walk in the mountains? If not, make other arrangements to leave them at home or with a friend.
  6. Take a dip: Encourage your dog to swim; or soak them down with water on a hot day with little shade.
  7. Never leave your pet in a car. Even 10 minutes may be enough to cause severe heat stroke or death! The inside of the car will be 20 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Leaving windows open does not keep the temperature down.

Which Pets are Most at Risk?

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke:

This will progress to breathing becoming slow or absent; with seizures, coma and cardiac arrest.

What to Do If You See Signs of Heat Stress in Your Pet:

About the author

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Angela Hickey

Allianz in-house vet and qualified psychotherapist.