Dog Care 

  • Walk your dog in the early morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler so they will be at reduced risk of heat stroke – be particularly careful if your dog is unfit, carrying extra weight or suffers from breathing difficulties.
  • Tarmac can be very hot in the sun – check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they do not burn their paws. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
  • If you’re planning a day out, check whether dogs are welcome at the attractions you plan to visit. If dogs are not permitted, please make sure you arrange for a pet sitter or kennels, or choose a dog friendly alternative attraction. Do not leave them in a car, even for a few minutes.
  • Make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of fresh water throughout the day.
  • Don’t let your dog get sunburnt – use pet safe sun screan on exposed parts of their skin such as the tips of their ears and nose – ask you vet for further advice if needed.

Cat Care

  • Always keep a plentiful supply of fresh, cool water in easy reach for your cat – this might require you placing a bowl in a few places around the house and in the garden.
  • Cats can get sunburnt, particularly pale-coloured ones, with ears, noses and areas with sparse fur especially susceptible. Use sunblock suitable for pet’s if they’re lying in the sun, provide shade and avoid any stress.
  • Ideally keep them indoors when the sun is at its strongest, between 11am and 3pm, but be careful that your cat doesn’t get stuck into hot rooms with no ventilation.
  • Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If your cat becomes agitated, has hot skin to touch, drooling or vomiting then contact your vet immediately. Be particularly attentive to elderly or overweight cats.

Rabbit & Guinea Pig Care

  • Hydration is the first and foremost important step to ensuring your rabbits and guinea pigs remain comfortable. As they don’t sweat, they still need plenty of fresh water to drink, which will keep them hydrated and help them to cool down.
  • If you don’t have the option to keep your rabbit or guinea pig inside your home then ensure all enclosures are in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Use umbrellas and parasols to keep your rabbits and guinea pigs out of the sun.
  • If you keep your guinea pigs and rabbits indoors even air conditioned homes, it’s assumed that they will be cool, but that’s not always the case. Heat will sometimes hang and stagnate and without some movement of the air, it can become suffocating. Keep windows open for a breeze to blow through your home. If its particularly humid and stagnant day, keep a fan on for better air circulation.
  • A popular trick with rabbit and guinea pig owners is to put frozen water bottles in the hutch. Your pets can lie against them to stay cool. Keep a few in the freezer and use large bottles as they take longer to thaw.
  • Older rabbits and guinea pigs become less tolerant to hot weather. If you animal exhibits disorientation, laboured or open mouth breathing or limpness then call your vet immediately