Staying cool during hot weather…

hot weather and pets

As the bank holiday weekend is going to be hot and sunny, we would like to share some tips on how to keep your pets cool and safe, so that you can both be comfortable and happy when the country finally gets tropical!


Always make sure that a bowl of cold fresh water is available for your animal or carry a bottle with you when you go for a walk. Luckily lots of restaurants are dog friendly and provide bowls of water for dogs.

Exercise your dogs early in the morning or late at night when the weather is cooler. This will make the walk more comfortable for yourself and your dog. Even though we recommend giving your dog plenty of exercise, in these weather conditions it is better to take it easy.

Don’t leave rabbits and guinea pigs outside all day.

If it is unavoidable, make sure there is water and shade for them.

Do let your pet choose a cool place to lie down. They will naturally gravitate towards a slate floor or a bit of shade in the garden.

Never leave your cat or dog standing on hot asphalt / surface. The heat can burn their sensitive paws and heat up their body quickly.

Cats might start panting because of the hot weather. If your cat is panting heavily, contact a vet.

Keep your animal well groomed to avoid skin problems and overheating, however, don’t shave their hair down to their skin as this exposes them to the harmful UV light of the sun. The could get sun burnt.

If outside, your pet might need some extra protection against the sun. You can apply a child safe sun screen SPF 30 – 50 on their most sensitive skin, such as ear flaps, belly, nose and any shaved or bare patches. A pet’s sunburn could cause skin cancer, just like with humans.

Elston Vets wishes you and your pets a great bank holiday weekend!