Despite popular belief, heat waves are not an unfamiliar occurrence in the UK, especially in London where temperatures frequently reach 30 degrees during the summer months.
And when the temperature rises, it is equally important that you keep your pets safe, cool and comfortable, after all, they can succumb to conditions such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, just like humans.
But there are lots of ways that you can ensure that your favourite furry friends are cool on hot days!
Don’t leave your pets in hot cars
This mostly applies to dogs, but you should avoid leaving your pets locked in a hot car for a prolonged period of time. This is because if the temperature is 22 degrees outside, it can easily reach 43 degrees inside your car, in as little as one hour.
If you do need to leave your dog in the car for a few minutes, make sure that you open a window!
Keep your pets inside between 10am and 3pm
During summer heat waves, the temperature outside is usually at its hottest between 10am and 3pm. So, during this period, you should make a conscious effort to keep your pets indoors and avoid walking them in the midday sun.
Make sure your pets have access to water
When the sun is shining, it’s super important to stay hydrated and this applies to your pets too! So, make sure that your pets have access to fresh water inside your home and whilst they are out on walks.
Invest in Air Conditioning
Just as air conditioning can keep humans cool and comfortable during the summer months, your furry friends will also thank you for installing air conditioning in your home.
Perfect for regulating the temperature and air quality in the spaces that you spend the most time in, air conditioning will ensure that your pets always have a space where they can retreat too if it is too hot outside.