When keeping animals cool in heat, it is essential to remember they can overheat much quicker than humans do. Your precious pet could be in trouble in just a few minutes, and we know you wouldn’t want that. We have put together these different cooling methods to help keep the temperature down and ensure overheating doesn’t occur. Read more about keeping animals cool in heat with cooling mats and fans.
Different methods to cool down your animals in heat
Ensuring there is plenty of fresh air is the most sensible thing to do, but when it is hot outside, your pets might need some extra help. Cats and dogs, for example, can lay on cooling mats, which can be bought and keep their body temperature stable. Fans are helpful as well for keeping the air flowing.
Freezing water in a plastic bottle and then wrapping it in a towel to lay close to your pets can keep the temperature down. Make sure it cannot be broken, or the towels unwrapped for safety. This is easy, cheap and can be replaced as much as you need throughout the day when you are close by to keep watch.
The most important thing is to ensure a constant supply of fresh, cool water. Replenish frequently and add a few cubes of ice if needed. If it is particularly hot, dogs may like an ice cube every now and again. They will enjoy not only playing with it, but as they do, they will also be cooling down.
A lot of fruit and vegetables are high in water content and can be ideal for cooling animals when it is warm. Wash them first. Carrots, apples, and watermelon are great options; just be sure they are safe for your pets. Not only will they help to cool but also provide plenty of nutrition.
What are the signs of heatstroke?
Crucially, knowing the signs of heatstroke is essential because if you spot any sign that this is happening, you can take immediate action:
- heavy panting,
- excessive thirst,
- change of colour, including the tongue,
- excessive salivation.
If symptoms progress fast, get in touch with your emergency veterinary practice. Never leave any animals in a hot place, especially in a car.
Visit us in store to see our pet store, where you can buy cooling products for your animal this summer. Please ask our helpful staff for advice on the best products for your beloved pet.