Tips On Keeping Your Pets Cool In Hot Weather
I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful hot summer (and don’t we deserve it after the winter we had?). Spare a thought for our pets though as I'm sure we are all familiar with the dangers of leaving our dogs in hot cars (seriously – don’t risk it, even if only for a couple of minutes and shade/windows open make NO difference).
Remember that we have sweat glands all over our bodies which do a great job of helping to make sure we do not become overheated and we also have the luxury of being able to dress down to t-shirts and shorts and summer dresses. Our furry friends find it much harder to cool down and because they are smaller, it really does not take long for them to overheat. So, with this in mind, here are my top tips for keeping your pets cool as a cucumber this summer:
- Put ice cubes in water bowls and have plenty of water bowls available all over the house. (You may have read on social media that ice cubes are dangerous to give our pets and this is absolute nonsense. Some dogs (such as our faithful walking dustbins also known as Labradors) love having ice cubes to play with and crunch on!
- Have a splash pool available for those who might benefit from it. I have two ferrets at home, they have a large run in the garden and I have given them a cat litter tray filled with water. They love to splash about to cool off! (Please remember that not all pets will appreciate this such as rabbits, guinea pigs and other “small furries”, always make sure the water is shallow and that they are able to get out easily, and NEVER force them to go in. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your garden, make sure pets are always supervised when around it or in it.
- Rabbits, guinea pigs and other outdoor pets can overheat very quickly, especially if they are sitting in a hutch. Make sure that they are in the shade and have plenty of water available. You can even pop their water bottles in the freezer – just make sure you do not fill them to the top as they will need room for the water to expand.) Perhaps invest in more than one water bottle as well. How about using a thermal wine cooler sleeve to pop over the bottle and keep it cool?
- Birds, both domestic and wild – can easily overheat. Make sure that they have plenty of water available and a bath if they need to cool off. One of my cockatiels prefers to be sprayed with water and the other likes to have a bath so I make sure that both are available to them at all times.
More advice and top tips next month!