The RSPCA issues advice on keeping animals cool as the weather hots up.
The RSPCA has urged pet owners to keep their animals cool in the summer heat as temperatures rocket.
RSPCA Operational Superintendent Lee Hopgood said: “There is a very serious side to keeping pets cool over summer as animals can suffer from heatstroke which could be fatal, especially if left in a hot car, conservatory or caravan.
“Pets may struggle to realise when they are too hot so make sure they have constant access to shade and don’t over exercise them in the heat. Remember if the pavement is too hot for your hand then it will be too hot for their paws.”
Some of the RSPCA centres have come up with ingenious ideas for keeping pets cool which you can try at home.
Freezing a cat’s water bowl or kong before putting water or treats in keeps them cool for longer. Putting ice cubes into your cat’s water bowl or making some tasty ice cube treats is another fantastic idea. Damp towels for your pet to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel could provide a welcome relief from the heat.
Seasonal advice: Summer
Never leave pets in vehicles, caravans, conservatories or outbuildings in the warm weather. Dogs – and other pets – can overheat and die if left in a hot environment, such as a car.
Top tips for pet owners in hot weather
- Don’t let your pet get sunburnt, especially white cats – use pet-safe sun cream.
- Ensure cats have access to shade and fresh drinking water.
- Keep pesticides out of reach of animals.
- Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on.
- Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients.
For more seasonal advice, see the RSPCA’s website here.