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Haven’t we had some beautiful, warm weather lately? We’ve been relaxing in the garden, sipping wine in the sunshine, blowing up the paddling pool and having a jolly old time of it.

But, whilst we might enjoy basking in tropical temperatures, our pets might not be having so much fun. Here are some tips on how to avoid your furry friend coming down with the summertime blues.

1: Make sure pets have access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times. It’s also a good idea to change it regularly throughout the day.

2: Discard any food leftovers ASAP. Dog food can go off very quickly in hot weather and can also attract flies - not to mention the unpleasant smell…

3: Walk your dog early in the morning or after 5pm. This will prevent them over-heating in the midday sun and road surfaces won’t be too hot for their paws.

4: If your pet has long hair, get them trimmed regularly to avoid over-heating.

5: If you spot any excessive panting, extreme salivation, distress or collapse, your pet could be suffering from heat stroke. If this happens, you can help by gradually lowering their body temperature with cool (not cold) water. Ideally, wrap them in water-soaked towels and call your vet for further advice.

6: Take extra care if transporting your pets in hot weather. Keep your windows open when the car is moving, but never let dogs put their head out of the window. This could lead to eye or ear damage, or even to them falling out at speed. If possible, travel during the coolest times of the day and NEVER leave pets in your car. Not even for a short period of time, or with the windows open. When it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes.

7: If you’re in the garden or relaxing in the park, always make sure your pet has some shade. Full sun really won’t do them any good and they won’t thank you for the tan! Try to provide somewhere they can get wet such as a paddling pool or suitable container.

Wishing you and your pet a happy summer!

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