Heat Awareness Month
It’s Heat Awareness Month and although we say this every year, time and time again, it never hurts to be reminded. Please take care of your pets in the heat.
If high temperatures are unbearable to us, how do you think it makes them feel?
Here are a few pointers as to how we can make life more comfortable for our animal friends during very hot weather.
*Make sure at ALL times, they have access to plenty of water, somewhere shady to go and if you can - provide a fan!
*Dogs cannot sweat like we can, so how about adapting your dog walking routine to these current temperatures? We would suggest, if at all possible, dogs are NOT walked between the hours of 8am and 8pm. During the day, as well as being generally hotter, the concrete and asphalt really heats up and can cause some serious burns to their pads.
Think about it - would you go out for a run in bare feet, with a furry coat on at 2pm, when the temperature is almost 30 degrees?
*We've said this many times before, but we cannot stress enough the importance of this one. DO NOT leave your dog in a car, conservatory, or a summer house. Heatstroke can be fatal and it doesn't take very long at all for the effects to be felt. If you need further convincing, please take a few minutes to watch the following video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQlQKYfyVug
As for our other furry, feathered and scaly friends:
*Watch out for Flystrike, especially in small furries and remember, a hutch can also act like an oven in this heat, just like a car. So keep them clean, shaded and well ventilated with plenty of water.
*Birds should not be in direct sunlight. They also need to be in a shady, well ventilated area with access to water at all times.
*Ponds should be kept topped up and fish should have a place where they can get away from direct sunlight. Perhaps an overhanging ledge that blocks the sun or some lily pads.
*Fish tanks inside should also be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep a regular check on the temperature of their water too. Different fish require different temperatures, so make sure you know what yours should be.
Remember as well that pets with pink skin, especially on the ears and nose, can also get burnt if exposed to the sun. We sell pet friendly sun screens that are available in sprays, sticks and wipes and during July, we are offering 10% off too!