One of the greatest challenges in summer is keeping cool. For pet owners this gets even more difficult, especially if you’re not always home! With some help from our furry contributors, we’ve come up with a few ideas to keep your pets cool over the warmer months.
Go for walks early or late:
Although this isn’t a way to keep cool, it’s a great way for your pooch to get exercise without packing on the extra heat! For an extra treat you could even have a pool set up when you get back!
Pooches Ollie and Oscar add:
This summer our plan to stay cool is simple, walks either early in the morning/later at night so we don’t burn our paw pads. We sometimes even have a puppy pool at home!
Ice – and lots of it!
For the cat owners, the two Birmans Lulu and Finn love the idea their mum has:
When the weather gets super hot, Mum helps cool us down by leaving a tea-towel-wrapped ice pack in our bed, and puts ice cubes in our water bowl.
This of course could translate to other pets too!
Like humans, dogs would love to eat something frozen to help them cool down. You could give them flavoured ice blocks, add them to their water or freeze them in a “kong” toy. Ollie and Oscar love Pupsicles!
Frozen water and chicken stock in a container with treats and toys in there. Keeps us cool and busy for hours!
Hair Cut (not just for the fashion minded!)
You’d be surprised how much cooler animals are with less hair on them! For those of you with long hair, think of how much of a difference it makes on a hot day when you tie your hair up.
Every summer we get a fancy new (anaesthesia-free) haircut, to help lighten our layers when the weather starts to get warmer, say Lulu and Finn.
That’s right, even cats appreciate it in the end!
Air Conditioner Seat:
Move your dog or cat’s bed right in front of your air conditioner, or if you have a cat that loves to be on higher ground (they’re royalty, am I right?) move a high stool to a place right where the air hits. This idea might not be loved by all, as some might be too scared of the noise or moving air!