In Hot Weather

Caring for animals in hot weather is important. Please read the following important points to ensure that your pet is not in danger from the heat.

  • All animals need a constant supply of fresh drinking water.

  • Dogs have no sweat glands and can only lose heat by panting. Make sure they have plenty of water to help them cool down. Check and fill their water bowl regularly

  • Don't exercise dogs in the heat of the day. First thing in the morning, late afternoon or evenings are the best times.

  • Watch for warning signs. If your dog pants quickly, looks very tired or collapses, it could be suffering from heat stroke. Put it in a cool, shady spot and spray the back of its neck with cold water immediately. Contact a vet for further advice.


  • Please remember never leave an animal alone in a car in warm or sunny weather, even in the shade or with the window partly opened, temperatures soon soar.

  • If you have a rabbit or other small mammals in the garden, keep their living quarters in the shade. You could also cover the front of their living quarters with newspaper as they can heat up very quickly.

  • All caged animals, even if they are indoors, should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep an eye on aviaries or birdcages, which are close to a window.