How to Keep your Pets Safe in Summer

Although the sun has been on and off for the past few days, the temperature has rarely dropped below 20 degrees, which, whilst nice for us humans, can be too much for our pets.

Because the U.K is a very muggy country it can often appear that the weather isn't that warm and off we go walking the dogs and letting the cat out when it intensity of the air can still affect animals massively.

According to the Blue Cross pale coloured dogs and cats are highly susceptible to sun burn. They suggest to keep your pet indoors when the sun is at its strongest between the hours of 11 o'clock and 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

If that is difficult for you and your animal, they suggest you apply "non-toxic waterproof human sunblock or a product specifically for pets."

If your pets skin looks sore, crusty or scaly it's best to get it checked by a vet.

Obviously keep your pets water bowl topped up with fresh water, maybe add a few ice cubes or you could freeze pet safe fruit to give to them to keep them cool.

This goes without saying but never leave you dog in a car. Even if you're just popping into the shop it's not worth it.

Dogs succumb to heatstroke very quickly and as said earlier, even if the sun isn't out the U.K has a very muggy climate and car's get hot very quickly.

If you do see a dog overheating in a car the official advice is to call 999 and ask for the police. If you don't think the dog can wait in there until the police arrive and you want to try and break the dog out, call the police and tell them what you intend to do and why.

The Criminal Damage Act 1971 gives you a lawful excuse to commit damages if you believe that the owner would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances.

You need to ensure you have evidence that the dog is in distress, so take pictures and/or videos and if you can get names and numbers of witnesses.

The Blue Cross say: "Signs of heatstroke include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. If you suspect your animal is suffering, remove them to a cool place, wet their coat and contact a vet immediately. Avoid overcooling, especially small pets."

For more information check out this page from the Blue Cross. 

We hope you found this informative. It's so important to be knowledgeable about this to ensure your pets are safe!