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YOUR SPECIALIST GUIDE to helping your pet in the heat


Ian Battersby, Internal Medicine Specialist at Davies Veterinary Specialists, offers advice on how to keep your pets healthy over the summer months.


ith longer days and warmer temperatures the summer’s great for spending more time outdoors with your pet. To help you do just that, we’ve put together some top tips for keeping your dogs and cats cool and healthy throughout the season.


W How does the heat affect pets?


Did you know that, just like humans, pets can get heatstroke? Overheating can cause inflammation throughout their body, which affects major organs, and when body temperature rises above 41.5C, irreparable damage starts and can become fatal. Signs of heatstroke include prolonged heavy breathing, distress, bright pink to red lips and gums, weakness and lethargy. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from heatstroke, call your vet.


Ten top tips for beating the heat.


No one wants their pet to feel uncomfortable, let alone suffer heatstroke. Following the tips below can help them cope better with the summer heat.


1. Create shade when outside in gardens, parks or at the beach e.g. using umbrellas/chairs/tents.


2. Provide a fresh supply of water wherever you are. 3. Drop ice cubes in pet bowls to keep water refreshingly cool. 4. Leave windows or doors (when safe) ajar to create a cooling breeze through the house.


5. Never leave pets in cars, conservatories or caravans as heat can rapidly rise to dangerous levels.


6. Place a fan in your pet’s favourite room, allowing them to seek relief when needed.


7. Check sheds, garages and outhouses for pets before locking them – cats especially love sneaking in to escape the heat.


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Take the next step. For more tips and advice, visit the Pet Owner page on our


website: vetspecialists.co.uk Here, you’ll also find details on how to book onto Animal First Aid training sessions for Pet Owners we are running over the summer, plus fact sheets to download on many common conditions.


8. Help long-haired animals by treating them to a haircut to remove some unnecessary insulation.


9. Exercise dogs in the early morning or evenings to avoid peak temperatures and burnt paws.


10. Pale dogs can get sunburn so apply animal or child-safe sun cream to the nose and ears when in the sun.


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