The vet answers "How to protect your pet from the heat?"


The good weather is here, so owners need to be extra vigilant about their pets and the dangers of the heat.

Below we would like to remind owners of what to look out for and how they can protect their pets' health on warmer days.

The summer heat can present many risks and challenges for pets. Here are some important things to keep in mind to ensure your pets are comfortable during the heat:

Make sure your pets always have access to fresh, clean water. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water, always make sure their water bowl is always clean and always full.

Make sure the water is kept clean and regularly replenished: Create a shaded area where your pets can retreat when it's hot outside. If possible, keep them indoors in a cool and well-ventilated area. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight or in places without adequate air circulation, such as cars.

Limit exercise in the heat: Avoid strenuous exercise or outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day. Try to walk in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler

Never leave pets in parked cars: cars can heat up quickly, even with the windows open. Leaving a pet in a parked car, even for a short period of time, can cause heat stroke or even death.

Be careful of hot surfaces: asphalt, concrete and sand can become scorching hot in summer. Walking pets on these surfaces can burn their soles. Stay in grassy areas or walk your pets during cooler times of the day.

Watch for signs of heatstroke. If heatstroke is suspected, take your pet to a cool place, give it water and consult a vet immediately.

Consider cooling options: a wet towel that they can lie on, or a fan or air conditioner to reduce the temperature, or even pet-specific cooling mats or cooling vests.

Protect against parasites: Warmer weather increases the activity of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases to pets. Ensure that your pets are protected with appropriate preventive measures, such as flea and tick treatments and heartworm protection.

Fly infestation: beware if you see a damaged epithelial surface, flies will be very quick to spit on it and decomposition is faster in hot weather

Different pets have different tolerances to heat, so it is important to pay attention to their individual needs. For example, pets with shorter noses, overweight or with circulatory problems are more prone to overheating.

Non-pigmented skin surfaces are more prone to sunburn and later tumour lesions. Black dark-haired pets may overheat their back surfaces to the point of burning if left in the sun for long periods. If you have concerns about how your pet copes with heat, consult your vet for specific advice and guidance.

Please feel free to contact our vets with any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!