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Hot Tips for Hot Weather

  1. Never leave pets in cars - not even for just a few minutes, not even if you have opened the windows, as temperatures can soar dangerously high, causing potentially fatal heatstroke.
  2. Don’t let pets sit out in strong sun, or leave hutches and bird cages in direct sunlight.
  3. Check that as the sun moves your pets are not going to be at risk later in the day. Check that sun streaming through your window will not reach cages or fish tanks (glass magnifies the heat- we have seen boiled goldfish)
  4. Use a suitable pet-safe sunscreen for white areas on cats & dogs. (tips of ears, around eyes and all over white cats are particularly vulnerable) The white fur indicates skin that lacks melatonin & is very prone to burning, in some cases with horrific consequences and risk of skin cancer. We can source pet safe sunscreen for you.
  5. Long-haired pets may need their fur trimming to prevent them from over-heating. Get them to a groomer at the start of the summer to be stripped out.
  6. Walk your dog before 8am and after 5pm and only when outside temperatures have cooled - as hot road surfaces, pavements and sand can burn paws.
  7. Make sure pets have access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times. Change water regularly throughout the day. Don’t forget to check water bottles in cages and hutches too.
  8. Treat your pets and home for fleas, as they are a particular problem during the summer, particularly in hot weather.
  9. Leftover pet food can quickly go off in hot weather, so discard any scraps as soon as possible to avoid flies.
  10. Rabbits can be prone to maggot infestations in the summer so they should be checked twice a day for a dirty bottom and cleaned with a damp cloth. Flystrike in any pet can be fatal- if you have any concerns contact us sooner rather than later.
  11. Fishponds and aquaria can get very hot in the summer so make sure ponds have a shaded area.
  12. Elderly or infirm pets are at greater risk when the weather is hot. If your pet is panting excessively, struggling to breath, seems overly agitated or overly subdued despite your efforts to cool them down – contact us! 
  13. More advice for small pets here and for your feline friends here. And everyone should know how to recognise
            Heatstroke
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