The great British summer is upon us and, when it’s not pouring with rain, the sun is shining! But don’t be fooled – just because we aren’t experiencing a heatwave, doesn’t mean that you can be blasé about your pets’ well-being.
Check out our top tips to looking after your furry friends so that they can enjoy the sunshine safely.
If you’re walking alongside a free-flowing stream your dog may choose to cool off by drinking the water or jumping straight in, but if there is no fresh water in sight your dehydrated dog is likely to seek the next best thing – a dried up muddy puddle, a stagnant pond or salty seawater. Each option is equally bad for Fido’s tum and will invariably induce heaving, vomiting, diarrhoea or worse. Instead, simply grab one of our pet water bottles to ensure that your hound is hydrated with fresh water whenever he wants. For very hot days or dogs with dark coats, you can also pour the water over them on a long walk.
If your dog is out in the garden for any length of time, make sure that she has a sheltered area to lie in and always provide fresh water. For caged pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, it is even more important to ensure that there is always some shade as the sun moves around – what can seem like a dappled set up at the start of the day can be a suntrap by the afternoon.
If your hound seems to fade in a prolonged period of heat, try pouring some water over him for instant relief, or wiping him down with a cold wet towel to help bring his body temperature down.
Have fun in the sun with a nice refreshing game – pop a few treats in an ice cube tray, fill with water then freeze and enjoy watching your dog work out how to release the prize. To really pamper your pooch, try one of the Billy & Margot’s ice creams we stock, they are dairy-free and so can be refrozen.
Draw the drapes
When it’s hot outside, it can be stifling indoors. Windowsills in the sun can be a favoured spot for many cats to curl up for the afternoon, but the glass can act as a magnifier and overheat poor puss. If you have suntraps like this, draw a blind or prevent pets from sitting there for too long. Likewise, be aware of any animals whose permanent home is in the reach of sunbeams – fish tanks can quickly heat up if exposed to sunshine for too long.
Whatever you do, don’t leave your dogs in a car on a hot day, even with the windows open, the concentrated heat from the sun literally turns your vehicle into an oven. Finally, if your dog or cat has pink bits, don’t forget to protect them with some sunscreen.
Written by: Lucy Ellis