DSPCA issue hot weather warning for pets

Today is to be one of the hottest days of the year, and although we love soaking up the sun, some of our pets are not so fond of the heat.

The DSPCA have issued a warning to pet owners about the dangers of the sun, while they have also given us some really helpful tips and tricks for keeping animals cool in the scorching heat.

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Gillian Bird, Education officer for the DSPCA said: “People know that dogs should not be left in cars for even a few minutes in weather this hot, but other pets have to be taken into consideration on days like today. “

Here are a few helpful hints to keep pets safe and comfortable today:

Keep pets like dogs and cats indoors in a cool room with plenty of fresh water. 

Pets often lie out in the sun for longer than is good for them! Make sure that the sun cannot shine in to the room by pulling curtains and keeping windows open enough to get a good breeze.

Don’t over feed them, on hot days. just like ourselves, too much food can upset the stomach and make them uncomfortable.

Pop some wet dog or cat food into an empty yogurt pot and freeze it, it will make a nice cooling ice pop for them to enjoy.

Wet a towel and put it for your dog to lie on, it will help him keep cool.Make sure pets such as rabbits, fish and pet birds are out of the direct sunlight and have plenty of shade to keep cool.

Be careful of walking your dog as the paths can get very hot in the sun and can burn their paws, check the temperature with your hand or feet or wait until later in the evening before exercising them.

If you have any concerns that your pet has gotten too hot and is showing signs of heat exhaustion contact your vet for advice.

Finally, do not take your dog in the car if it can be avoided, even for a short journey.  Even with the windows open it can be too hot and your pet will suffer.

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