Keeping them cool
- Keep their water bowls topped up. They'll need to be refilled more regularly during warmer weather. Cats and dogs both love having ice blocks added.
- Exercise is important but walk your dog when the temperature is cooler, in the early morning or evening. "Use the three-second rule," Scot advises. "If the pavement is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet! Check if it's a safe temperature by holding the back of your hand on the pavement for three seconds. If it's too hot to keep your hand there, your pet shouldn't be walking on it."
- Don't leave your pet in the car for ANY length of time. On a hot day, the temperature of a car interior can become unbearable within a few minutes, even with the windows open and when the car is parked in the shade.
- Give your pooch a paddling pool.
- Make doggie ice blocks - to make, fill an ice cream container or other such container with water, drop in your dog's favourite treat (if you think it will disintegrate put it in a Kong), freeze, and you're done.
- You can find cooling mats for your pet to lie on at most pet stores.
- Stroke your cat with a damp cloth if they'll let you. Attend to their paws, bellies and the outside of their ears.
- Brush your cat regularly. Matted fur works as insulation.
- Relocate birds and smaller animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs to a cooler part of your home.