As summer is well and truly heating up, a lot of us are struggling with ways to keep cool- and keep our dogs happy if they can’t be walked! The heat can be a very real danger, especially to those extra fluffy or brachycephalic (flat nosed) breeds- so remember to look out for clues that your pet is struggling or even suffering from heatstroke.
If your pet is showing signs of:
-Glazed or unfocussed eyes
-Vomiting and/or diarrhoea…
Call or take your pet to the vet immediately. In the meantime, towels soaked in cold water can be applied to take their temperature down. Don’t allow them to drink too much or plunge them in to cold water as this can induce shock. Act quickly and be safe!
Here are our Dos and Don’ts for this time of year…
Plan your walks
Avoid the hottest points of the day. Bear in mind some surfaces hold heat better than others and can burn the paws- the grass in your garden may feel fine but tarmac and sand are a different story! A lot of dogs will not make the association between exercise and feeling hotter. Running = fun!! so keep walks short, stick to shady areas, and make sure your dog is drinking plenty. With stimulating toys such as launchers, keep their use to a minimum. If your dog needs their tennis ball “safety blanket”, try the Chuck It “Breathe Right” range, which allows air to pass through as they are being held in your dog’s mouth.
This weather can be a lot more difficult for free roaming cats, especially for those who love to sunbathe! Set up a shady place in the garden with damp towels or wet their coat directly with your hands to keep them cooler.
Plan your walks Avoid the hottest points of the day. Heading out between 11am-5pm on really hot days should be seriously considered. Bear in mind some surfaces hold heat better than others and can burn the paws- the grass in your garden may feel fine but tarmac and sand are a different story!
Get the sunblock out!
Pets are at just as much risk of sunburn as we are, especially if they have a lot of areas with sparse fur. Apply a pet safe sunscreen like the Petkin stick to the tips of the ears, the muzzle, and paws to give them extra protection.
Regular grooming will keep your pet cool as well, as excess fur and matting will trap heat. Speak to our team at the Ethical Pet Spa if you think your pet might need a summer haircut!
Make staying inside fun
It seems lockdown isn’t quite over for us yet! With shorter walks your pooch may be driving you mad, so it’s a great time to try out some new activity toys and games. Try freezing yoghurt in a Kong toy or sprinkling treats in a paddling pool for your dog to fish out. Let’s not forget doggy ice cream, a great and tasty way to keep your dog cool and an absolutely essential purchase in this weather (check out the ice cream freezer at our Ferring store!)
Remember to accessorise!
Cooling coats and bandanas are a great way to keep the heat at bay, whether out on walks or at home. If you don’t want to bring your dog in for a fitting, just bring their winter coat with you or have a measure up so our consultants can select the right size for you. If you do want a fitting, we would recommend you visit our Ferring store which is fully air conditioned (and yes- we are very glad we had that installed!) Most cats do not tolerate the coats, but the cool mats are well worth a try- they become cool once pressure is applied i.e. when your pet sits or lays on them.
We are open as normal for all your cooling needs and look forward to seeing you in store! Keep an eye on our social media for regular tips, tricks, and updates…