There’s no such thing as fun in the sun for pets. With temperatures touching almost 40 degrees C, it’s time to remember a few things to keep your dog or cat safe during summer.
Keep your pet in cool, shady areas. Do not keep them tied up in balconies. If you are feeling hot, your pets are feeling even worse due to their thick coat.
Short-nosed and flat-faced dog breeds (like Pugs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs) are more susceptible to heat stroke.
Fresh, cool water should always be available. Keep water containers in several places in the house. You can also add ice to the water to keep it cool.
Walk your pets early morning or evening, not during the day. Avoid walking on very hot days. This will save your pet from dehydration, sunburn and heat stress.
Never ever leave your pet in the car, even for two minutes. It takes just a few minutes for an animal to suffer an agonising death when left in a hot car.
Symptoms of heat distress
Dry or bright red gums