Summer is here! Although heatwaves may be few and far between, it is important to learn how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat. Here are some top tips for keeping your pets safe through heatwaves and sunny days.
1. Make sure they have plenty of water
Bring plenty of water with you wherever you go with your pet, even if you don’t think you’ll be out for too long. If you’re on a dog walk, take a large water bottle and small bowl with you so that your pup can take a sip whenever they need to. Splashing water on their paws can also help clean their sweat glands and cool them down.
2. Don’t leave them outside for too long
Hot pavements and roads can seriously affect your cat or dog, so don’t expose them to the heat for too long. Stick to grassy areas when you’re out and make sure there are shady areas to cool down for a while. Walking in the morning or evening will also help avoid too much heat.
3. Never keep a pet in a hot car
The number one rule when summer arrives is to never leave your pet in a hot car! It may seem obvious, but the temperature inside your vehicle can get much warmer than it is outside, and without a proper airflow it gets stuffy and your cat or dog will find it difficult to cope. According to research done by PETA, even when a car isn’t in direct sunlight, a dog can succumb to heatstroke within minutes. If you’re travelling with a dog or cat in the car, ensure it is well ventilated.
4. Look out for overheating
Read up on the signs for overheating and heatstroke. Dogs and cats with flat faces such as French bulldogs and Persians are more likely to suffer as they are unable to pant as effectively as other dogs. If your four-legged friend starts to drool, has difficulty breathing, or even collapses, ensure you cool them down and take them to a vet as soon as possible.
How can Pets in a Pickle help?
By insuring your cat or dog with Pets in a Pickle, you can be rest assured knowing that you’re protected should something happen to your pet this summer. Vet bills can be expensive and with many people going on holiday with their pets, it is important to ensure that you and your pet are covered in case something should happen. Take a look at the full range of insurance policies here.
Contact The Team Today
If you would like any more information on how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat, or to find out more about the range of policies, get in touch with the team today. Call them now on 0800 044 1111, or contact the team online and they will get back to you.