Keeping Pets Cool

After a period of very high temperatures, keeping pets cool is a ‘hot’ topic!

Many animals may struggle to regulate their own temperature, or need a little extra help to keep cool during unexpected heat waves. Here are ten ways you might be able to help them. Always research and keep up to date with the specific needs of your pet, speaking to a vet whenever you feel necessary.

Keeping Pets Cool

  1. Make sure you know the optimum temperature for your pet, and the highs and lows they can tolerate, as well as their signs of heat stroke.
  2. Make sure there are areas of shade or cooler options for pets – indoors and outside. This could include adding a cover to a hutch or pen, and possibly keeping a window covering closed during the hottest times of day.
  3. Always have fresh water available and encourage animals to drink often.
  4. Some animals may like a water bath or pool to cool off.
  5. Adding a frozen ice pack safely to a bed area can help too. Make sure it cannot be chewed on.
  6. Adjust walking times for dogs and exercise for horses to cooler parts of the day. A quick test to see if dog paws will be safe is to touch the floor with the back of your hand. If it’s too hot for comfort, it’s too hot for your dog.
  7. Keep a flow of air indoors, opening a window or adding a fan if possible.
  8. Regular grooming can also help, particularly for long-haired animals.
  9. Some carefully prepared frozen or cold treats can also keep animals cool.
  10. If spending more time outside, do check the safety of plants. You can use our Quick Guide here.

Sudden changes in temperature can also be problematic, so remember to keep a daily check on your pet and their surroundings.