Keeping pets cool in Summer

Keep your dogs cool all summer long Credit: Pixabay

Keeping dogs cool in the heat

Whether as a pet owner or a sitter we need to be mindful of temperatures every Summer. There are lots of signs that pets are not happy in the heat, some go off their food, others find a shady spot and hide for as long as they can. Here are some tips for caring for dogs in the heat:

  • Feed them early if you can when the temperature is still cool
  • If you walk dogs daily, walk them early or late, to avoid the hot ground and the hot sun
  • Always make sure they have access to fresh water, take a bottle with you if you’re walking
  • Put ice cubes in their water dish to keep it fresh
  • Offer a wet towel for the dog to lay on, or if you can a cool paddling pool
  • Be mindful of humidity in your home, they may not be able to pant themselves cool if it is too high

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Our membership offers you a secure network to help you find suitable sitters. We don’t reveal your contact details, or your address. You post an advert ahead of your travel dates, we publish the advert then housesitters apply. You can view their profiles and chat with them before you accept your choice of applicant. If you join as a Premium member we can also help you at each stage of the process to get you started and to manage your account.

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