Summer Safety Tips for Small Pets
During the summer months, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and even fish can all fall seriously ill or even die if care is not taken when the weather heats up. Here are a few tips to keep your treasured pets safe:
Exercise is cool… or it should be
Avoid walking your dog or playing with your small pets outside during the heat of the day. Much better to exercise them early in the morning or once the sun has gone down. Ensure there is always plenty of water available. This is especially important for small animals, which become dehydrated more quickly.
Pets and cars don’t mix
On a sunny day, the temperature in a car can rise from 28C to 40C in just 10 minutes and continue to increase, even with the windows open. No animal will survive those temperatures for long. Leave your pet, whatever it is, at home on sunny days or you may lose them for good.
Into the shade
Whatever type of pet you have, there should always be plenty of shade available. Having shade to retreat into is at least as important as having plenty of water available. If you want to take your pet with you to the beach for example, as well as water, take a sunshade too; not for you but for your pet!
Invest in Insurance
In case your pet does get ill from the heat, having pet insurance will make sure they get the treatment they need and it will be covered. Not only will this benefit your pet but it will stop your bank account being hit.
Keep an eye on your pet
Sticking to the tips above and keeping a regular eye on your pet will keep them safe during the summer heat. If they do show signs of heat distress, whatever type of animal they are, give them plenty of water, put them in the shade with lots of fresh air and they should recover.