Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat 

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Animals suffer in extreme temperatures, so check out these tips to keep your pet healthy during the summer months 

If humans suffer in the heat, imagine animals. Therefore, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has laid out some tips to keep your pet healthy during the hottest times of the year: 

  • Never leave your pet in the car or in a tight, enclosed space—even for a short period of time—as the temperature inside these quickly soar 
  • Use sunscreen that is pet friendly on the exposed parts of your pet’s skin, such as ears, snout and where there is a lack of fur 
  • Make sure that the animal has free access to places with shade and fresh water 
  • Keep your pet hydrated and, especially, clean. Check your pet’s fur daily to keep it free of fleas or ticks 
  • A good tip is to put ice cubes in your pet’s water bowl to keep the water chilled 
  • Damp towels are welcome to relieve the heat 
  • Small paddling pools, those made for children, are also a great option to keep your pet refreshed 
  • Even in the heat, dogs need exercise, but it is best not to push it. Walking with a dog, for example, should be done in the early hours of the morning or in the late afternoon, when the sun is less intense, and the ground is not so hot 
  • In the cases of fish and reptiles, never leave them exposed to direct sunlight

If in doubt, the best thing to do is to contact your nearest trusted veterinarian. Also, always keep an eye on the weather forecast to help take better precautions. 

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