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.

Small furries:

  • 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
  • Collapse
  • 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.