Protecting your pet in the heat.
As pet owners, it is important that we look out for the signs of heat distress in our pets. Follow the tips provided by ASPCA to keep your pet cool in the hot weather.
Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. Walking on hot pavements can cause burns to the pads of their feet. We advise you walk your pets early in the morning and late evening to avoid high temperatures.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. This can lead to heat stroke and potential death.
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labelled specifically for use on animals.
Please apply sunscreen to light coloured dogs and cats ear tips and noses to prevent burning which can lead to cancer.
Please click HERE to view the summer care sheet supplied by the RSPCA.
Artificial Grass - The difference in temperature from 'real' grass.
We have been having a very hot Summer in the UK and this has an impact on artificial grass. In the picture (to the left) you can see just how hot the artificial (plastic) grass can get compared to natural turf. Please bear this in mind if you have children or pets. If the artificial grass is reaching these temperatures it can cause burns and can render itself un-useable in higher temperatures.