As temperatures rise, it is important to keep your pets safety in mind to avoid heat stress. We’ve put together our top tips to avoid heat stress in pets, as well as the signs and how to treat your pet with heat stress.
How to avoid heat stress in pets
1. Don’t exercise your pets in the heat of the day
You may need to adjust the timing of your walk in summer to make sure you keep your pet out of the heat. Early mornings and late evenings are generally the best time to go to avoid the searing heat.
2. Make sure your pets always have clean, fresh water
Remember to take fresh water with you wherever you go with your pet as dehydration is a big contributor to heat stress.
3. Make sure your pets have plenty of shade
If your pet is outside of the house in summer, make sure there are plenty of shady areas for them to rest in. It is also a good idea to stick to shady tracks and areas when walking.
4. Check for hot pavement to save burnt paws
Use the 5 second rule – place the back of your hand on the pavement and if you can’t hold it there for 5 seconds it’s too hot for a walk!
5. NEVER leave pets in hot cars
Even on moderately warm days the temperature in the car rises incredibly quickly, so leaving your pet in the car is always a big no no!
Other heat tips
– Give your dog a summer hair cut (but make sure you leave enough to prevent sunburnt skin)
– Don’t muzzle dogs in hot weather becuase they can’t pant effectively. Panting helps them cool down.
– Let them have a run in the sprinkler (the bonus – the kids can join in too!)
Signs of Heat Stress in Pets
Very heavy panting
Remember, if you notice your pet showing any of these signs, get vet checked!