Taking Care of Pets in the Summer

We love our pets at Taydec, they are much loved members of the family and we’ll do everything we can to keep them safe in the heat of the summer sunshine.

Here are some top tips:

  1. Provide them with outdoor shade …. like a Taydec garden awning 😉
  2. Never leave them in the car alone, even in shade or with the window open as 22 degrees outside can become as high as 47 degrees Celsius inside the car in just one hour!
  3. Keep your pets hydrated – keep that water bowl topped up and take a water bottle out with you on dog walks.
  4. Change your walk times – opt for the cooler times like early morning or later in the evening for those lovely walks with your pup.
  5. If you’re going to the beach, pack plenty of fresh water for your dog too as drinking too much sea water can make them ill.
  6. Try to limit the amount of activity your cats are having, although they may be perfectly happy to snooze in the shade all day, anyway. 😊
  7. Watch out for hot pavements – especially during this heatwave!  You can use the back of your hand to test the pavement temperature.  If it’s too hot for little paws, stick to grassy routes and parks or woodland walks where there’s more shade.
  8. Keep an eye on where your cat is snoozing and make sure they don’t get trapped in rooms without ventilation – especially greenhouses.  If they choose to snooze here, keep checking them for signs of lethargy and confusion.
  9. Watch out for sunburn – it happens to our pets too – especially pale coloured cats and dogs. Check their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas.  The best prevention is to keep them inside between 11 am and 3 pm but there are now specialist sunblock products available specifically for pets.
  10. Have some fun and spritz your pup with a water mist to keep them cool – you can turn it on yourself too!

If you’ve done everything you can but are worried that you beloved pet isn’t feeling well, The BlueCross gives us the following advice:

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from the condition, move them to a cool place, preferably with a draught, wet their coat with cool – not freezing – water, and contact your vet immediately.

If your cat is agitated, breathing rapidly, has skin hot to the touch or is drooling or vomiting, this could be heatstroke – contact your vet immediately. Be particularly attentive to elderly or overweight cats.”

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Keep the whole family happy in the heat – call us now on 0121 2411531 for a garden awning or parasol quote.