Summer is well and truly underway at the moment, we are seeing some beautiful hot days. As much as we enjoy lying out in the heat we must take a moment to remember our furry friends.
- Always aim for walkies early in the morning or at dusk
- Check the temperature of the pavement/ roads before embarking on walks.
- If the temperature is still slightly warm consider taking a portable water bottle and bowl.
- Give your dog ice cubes to play with
- Invest in cooling matts to put in the shade.
- Never leave your dog in the car on hot days
- Keep up with grooming your cat to prevent any matts from forming, remove excess hair coat.
- Give your cats ice cubes to play with – try freezing tuna water your cat will thank you for that!
- Provide cool places for your cat to hide up.
- Rabbits, guinea pigs and small furries are not the exception to heat stroke
- Make sure any runs are not in direct sunlight/ heat
- Always provide sufficient water for them 24 hours a day
- Check them through out the day especially on very hot days.
- Ensure to keep runs clean and check back ends to prevent any faeces building up and increasing the risk of fly strike.
Know the signs of heat stroke:
- Difficulty breathing and increased breathing rate
- Excessive panting and salivating
- Increased heart rate
- Bright red mucous membranes
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Sudden death
If you are concerned your pet may have heat stroke please call your nearest branch of Swaynes’ and get them to us immediately.