Helping your animals during hot weather

Helping your animals during hot weather

It’s really important to take special care of your animals during hot weather

  • Provide pets with a cool, shaded area – good air flow is important as many animals cool down via panting (evaporative cooling) which requires adequate air flow.
  • Provide lots of clean fresh water in several water containers in case one gets knocked over.
  • Bring animals indoors if it’s cooler inside.
  • Small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, rats and mice are highly susceptible to heat stress. These animals are often kept in cages so can’t move to cooler places. You need keep them in a cool, shaded and well-ventilated area in hot weather, with clean, fresh drinking water at all times. On very hot days you may need to bring them into a cool place indoors, for example the laundry.
  • Do not exercise animals in hot, humid conditions – if you need to walk your dog, go very early in the morning or very late in the afternoon, avoiding the hottest part of the day.
  • Never leave your dog in a vehicle - even with the windows down and parked in the shade, dogs can still overheat and die in minutes in a hot car.

Find out more about heatstroke from RSPCA National’s ‘What can I do in hot weather to prevent heatstroke in my pet?’.

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