Pet Heat Stroke needs to be avoided
Many of our pets love the sunshine but that feeling of warmth as they soak in the rays can soon lead to heat stroke and even sunburn if we are not careful. Whether they are guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, donkeys or horses, etc., keeping our animals safe and comfortable in hot weather isn’t always easy but we hope these ideas help.
(These ideas are taken from our July/August 2022 issue which also includes prices and suppliers at that time.
Top Tips for Sunny Days
Provide lots of fresh, cold water
Make sure they have a shaded area
Place ice cubes in their water bowls
Provide damp towels for them to lie on
Keep an eye open for flystrike
Don’t leave them in a car*, even with the window open
Move fish tanks and bird cages away from window hotspots
Apply sun cream – but make sure it is pet-safe
PLEASE DON’T FORGET: If you see an animal in a hot car, call the police or, if it’s at a retail outlet, contact security immediately. You could be at risk of a fine if you break a window yourself or act without authorisation. However, it’s not just cars. Conservatories and caravans can be a death trap for any animal. It might be 22°C outside but the temperature inside can quickly rise to around 47°C, and that’s a risk to life.