Pets in Hot Weather
It's great when the sun is out and the temperatures are set to rise, but we MUST take extra care of our pets as they can easily over heat. OSCAR's Helpline is here to give you some tips and health care advice on how to keep your pets safe in hot weather.
In warmer weather our pets' appetites tend to decrease, just like ours. Don't be too concerned if your pet does not eat all their meal or skips the odd one. You may find it helps to feed your pet at cooler times of the day (early morning/late evening) or offer small meals throughout the day. Moistening your cat or dog's dry food with water will help to increase their fluid intake.
Ensure your pet has access to water at all times, changing it daily to keep it fresh. Move water dishes out of direct sunlight. If you have a cat that likes to spend time outside, place a water dish in the garden for them to drink from.
Don't forget smaller animals in outside hutches and cages! Ensure their water and food dishes are also out of direct sunlight and remove any fresh vegetables from the hutch/cage which have not been eaten.
Over Heating...Too Hot!
Dogs, cats and small animals can easily over heat in hot weather. Make sure you can recognise the signs of overheating in pets...
- Excessive panting
- Increased salivation
- In serious cases: vomiting & diarrhoea