As the summer is steadily approaching and the weather is getting warmer it is extremely important that we remember that our pets rely on us to make sure that they are not affected by the extreme heat.  Here are a few steps we can take to ensure that our pets are safe and well during the best time of the year.

Don’t Leave your Dog in a Parked Car

Although common sense it is quite astounding how many people think that they can prevent their dog from overheating by opening the windows and putting the air conditioner on.  The temperature of the inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in thirty minutes and cause irreversible organ damage to your beloved pet.  Campaigns like, ‘Don’t Cook Your Dog’, aim to alert pet owners to the dangers of keeping their pets in the car. You wouldn’t even keep a bar of chocolate in the car during warm weather because it melts so why would you risk your dog’s wellbeing?

Limit Exercise on Hot Days

Like us animals find it hard work and tiring to exercise in the warm weather, avoid taking your pet out during the hottest part of the day and aim to take Fido on an early morning and late evening stroll, when it is cooler, instead.  The midday walk could be a shaded stroll through trees or in the garden.  If you feel hot in your summer clothes imagine how hot your companion will feel in his fur coat.  When you do go out make sure that you provide plenty of water for your pet to drink.  A portable dinking bowl like a Snugglesafe Bottle ‘n Bowl is ideal because it is very portable and can be refilled every time you refill your drinks bottle.

Rely on Shade and not a Fan

As humans we are guilty of personifying our pets so much that we tend to assume that they think like us and that their body functions in exactly the same way as ours.  This error of judgement often causes our pets the greatest discomfort because the measures we make to cool them only apply to our own bodies.  Dogs tend to sweat mainly through their feet meaning that a fan is not a suitable solution to cooling them down.  Provide adequate shade and plenty of water – even add ice to the water if you have to help them become cool from the inside out.  Some Americans even coat ice lollies in peanut butter to encourage their four legged friend to eat a cooling treat.

Ask for Advice

If you have any concerns about caring for your pet during the warm weather you are welcome to contact us at www.4pets-store.co.uk and we will advise you on the best course of action to take.