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Keep Your Pet Cool and Safe this Summer

10 June 2016

UK - We all know about the dangers of keeping dogs locked in parked cars in the summer; it’s a no-no for any dog owner and a well-publicised concern. Whilst avoiding common dangers, you can also take proactive measures to keep your animals feeling cool this summer. Here’s a guide to some of the best things you can do to keep your pets happy during the warmer weather.

All pets

Lots of shade

From horses and hamsters to human beings, everyone needs shade in the heat. If you put your pet out during the day or you’re out with them, make sure they have access to lots of shady spots, and if you can, keep them indoors altogether to avoid exposing them to the sun.

Water, water, and more water

Like humans, the other danger your pets face in the heat is dehydration. Make sure they have access to fresh, clean water, in a number of different spots so it’s readily-available to them. Add a couple of ice cubes to keep it cool. If you’re out, take a lightweight dog bowl, like this one from Feedem, and a bottle of water with you, in case you need some.


Limit their exercise

Dog owners are usually tasked with making sure their dog gets enough exercise – with some animals needing up to three walks a day. When the weather’s hot, reduce the frequency and intensity of your dog’s walks to make sure they aren’t exposed to too much heat and don’t become dehydrated.

Change-up their walk routines

When you do walk your dog, make sure it is early in the morning, or late in the evening, when the air is cooler – and easier for them to breathe in and cool themselves down. This also keeps them away from the sun when its rays are at their most intense. When they do go out, choose somewhere on a beach or river, so they can go or a splash and cool themselves down.

Get them a cooling pint

Solving human-based overheating can often involve a pint in the sun – so why should your dog be any exception? There are a range of dog beers on the market (non-alcoholic, of course) so you can share a cold one with man’s best friend. Get them Snuffle, a nice Belgian import, if you’re feeling extra generous.


Apply a wet cloth

We’re certainly not saying you should drench your cat but stroking them with a damp towel or cloth can really cool them down. This mimics the grooming technique that cats use to cool themselves down and will help to lower their body temperature.

Get Grooming

Cat grooming gets rid of matted fur, which traps heat. Brushing your cat will also help cooler air to travel through their fur and reach their skin to lower their temperature. Do it early in the day to avoid any chance of them overheating.

Little pets

Bring them indoors

Guinea pigs, rabbits and other small pets are particularly vulnerable to heat, so it’s a good idea to bring them indoors when the sun starts shining. Find them a shaded space with cool tiles, and find ways to cool the environment down with icepacks – or frozen peas!

Give them healthy snacks

Another way to make sure small animals get enough water is to give them water-rich fruit and vegetables. Carrots, apples and celery will keep.


Feedem is an independent pet supplies store with an extensive online range of products. The company is an animal care specialist, continually developing its expertise to keep all furry, feathered and even scaled friends happy. The family-run business has been trading since 1994, and is proud to be one of the UK’s leading suppliers of pet food, goods and accessories.

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