Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool in Summer
- Put our extra bowls of water in case one is accidentally tipped over.
- Ice cubes in water bowls.
- Use shade cloths or outdoor umbrellas to create extra shade.
- Takeaway containers filled with beef/chicken stock, frozen overnight and given to outdoor animals.
- Paddling pools filled with water.
- Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening to avoid the heat of the day.
- Let your outdoor animals come inside and share the air conditioning.
Know the Signs of Heat Stress:
- Excessive drooling
- Gum colour may become brick red, then purple or blue
- Increased body temperature
- Distress breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Black, tarry stools
- Mental status changes
- Muscle tremors
- Wobbly, weakness, staggering, unable to walk
If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, please call Animal Accident & Emergency or contact your local vet without delay.
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