Rabbits and Guinea Pigs
-Make sure you keep their water bottle topped up and be careful of evaporation.
-Freeze a water bottle to make a comfy cold mattress for your little furry to settle next to.
-Do make sure your hutch isn’t kept directly on the ground to make sure for good ventilation and keep it and the run in the shade all day.
-Groom your little furry pet and brush out loose hair.
-Be mindful of hygiene. The hot weather can result in more flies and flystrike that can affect rabbits.
-Feed small pieces of water-rich fruit and vegetables, such as celery and apple, to keep them hydrated.
-Never leave your dog alone in a car, caravan or glass conservatory even for a few minutes even with an open window. The RSPCA state that if it’s 22 C outside, within an hour it can be 47 C inside a car!
-Always provide your dog with plenty of water, both in your house and on walks. Watch what they drink if you are out on a walk!
-Try to draw the curtains and, if there is a breeze open a window so that your dog can go and lie down and feel comfortable when it’s feeling hot. This room can also act as a safe place if your dog is frightened of storms.
-To avoid heatstroke only take your dog for long walks early in the morning or late in the evenings.
-If your dog has a light-coloured nose or ears buy some pet sunscreen to apply.
-Don’t let your cat go outside between 10 am and 3 pm.
-Try to draw the blinds in the kitchen and, if there is a breeze open a window so that your cat can go in and and lie down, especially if you have their favourite cooling slate, stone, or a tiled floor!
-Provide your cat plenty of water, in various positions around the house.
-Don’t worry if your cat seems to be grooming itself more than usual. This is a way to help them cool down.
-Cats will pant if it is particular hot but excessive panting could mean heatstroke and a visit to the vets.