Help your pet to beat the heat

June 24, 2020

With high temperatures forecast this week, take a look at our tips to keep our pets cool!

Hot tips for keeping cool

  • Make sure they always have fresh water available – add ice cubes to pet bowls to keep cool.
  • Exercise your pet early morning or late evening to avoid peak temperatures.
  • Provide plenty of access to shade – use umbrellas or sun tents at the beach
  • Dogs may enjoy splashing in a paddling pool
  • Do apply an animal or child-safe sunscreen to pale dogs’ noses and ears when in the sun


  • Never leave your pet in a parked car under any circumstances – conservatories and caravans can also reach dangerous temperatures quickly on hot days
  • Walking your dog on hot pavements or hot sand as paw pads can burn
  • Exposing your pet to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time

Some breeds are higher risk of heatstroke

  • Brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs and Boxers
  • Older dogs
  • Obese dogs

Signs of heat stroke

  • Temperature of 40°C plus
  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weakness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Seizures