The summer sun is finally here, and so are the long days at the beach and picnics in the park enjoying the rare Irish heat. Unfortunately, while we are a nation of sun worshipers given how little we get, our furry friends and family pets can struggle in the summer heat and sunshine, which can regularly result in illness. To prevent this, Village Vets, a family owned and run practice, has compiled expert tips to help owners keep their pets safe and cool this summer.
- Add sun cream: Sun cream isn’t just for humans. Despite popular belief, animals can suffer from sun burn too. Cats are particularly susceptible, as they love to lounge in the midday sun. To prevent your pet being diagnosed with a dangerous skin related condition, apply sun cream to the tip of its ears the moment sunshine appears
- Create a DIY cooling mat: Dogs and cats love to stretch out in the warm summer sun, but they can quickly become overheated. Make lounging more enjoyable for your pet by creating a DIY cooling mat. All you need is some fleece fabric, ice packs and a basic level of sewing, simple!
- Never leave pets in hot cars: This goes without saying! The temperature inside a car parked in the hot summer sun can present a risk of death. Even if the temperature outside is bearable, inside the car can be suffocating, so never leave your pet in a close parked car, conservatory or greenhouse
- Choose their walks strategically: Be clever about when you take your dog for a walk. Opt out of the midday sun stroll, and instead, take your pooch for a morning or evening walk, when the heat of the sun has died down
- Pet pool party: Filling an inexpensive plastic kiddie’s pool with ice and water is the perfect cool down for a dog. Your pup will have so much fun chasing toys and relaxing in their new personal playground. Plus, the kids will want to join in on the fun!
- Frozen treats: While freezing ice-pops for you and the kids, why not freeze some treats for your furry friends. It’s a nice way to reward then and cool them down throughout the day
For those who have any concerns or issues with their pet’s health during the summer months, Village provides a 24/7 emergency vet service at all the 10 clinics. For more information on Village Vets visit https://www.villagevets.ie/