So it’s meant to be summer (at least soon), but apparently Britain hasn’t got the memo yet!
Even though it’s raining outside, I was thinking of all the things people do to keep cool – air conditioning, going to swimming pools/ parks, ice cream and ice lollies, wearing summer clothes… Often animals are left to fend for themselves; aside from ensuring water is topped up and coats are trimmed.
So here are some other idea to help you keep your pet cool…
- take off collars in your home and garden – these get sweaty and hot rubbing on the neck of your pet
- paddling pools on the garden (or smaller pools for smaller pets)
- ice blocks in water or frozen water (in water bottles) – ensuring fresh water is still available to drink whilst the ice melts
- partially frozen veggies for your herbivorous pets (partially so their tongues don’t stick to the veggies)
- frozen peas are good to drop into your fish tank (especially cold water tanks) for your herbivorous fish
- frozen (raw) meat for your carnivorous pets
- providing shade indoors and outdoors – close blinds/ curtains, moving outside enclosures to shaded areas, providing shade at all times of the day
- keep you pet off hot ground – shoes don’t protect your pets’ paws! – hot pavement is uncomfortable and potentially painful/ damaging to furry feet
- provide a cool area for your pet to hide from the sun – whether this is ensuring your dog or cat can access the house, or ensuring your rabbit and guinea pig enclosure has a dark, hidden area for them to retreat into
- avoid metal bowls outside! – porcelain bowls keep water cooler and do not retain heat like metal bowls do (thus keeping the water warm)
- do not leave your pet shut in a hot car (or room)
Unless you and your pet are living in the same part of Britain as me and you are both unsure of what heat is 😉
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