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Keeping Your Pets Cool and Comfortable in Warm Weather

Keeping Your Pets Cool and Comfortable in Warm Weather

May 14, 2024 (Updated on May 23, 2024)

As the temperatures rise, it's essential to ensure our beloved pets remain comfortable and safe in the warm weather. The recent warm spell here in the UK serves as a reminder to prepare for the hotter days ahead. Here are some tips to help you keep your pets cool and content during the summer months.

Recognising the Signs of Heat Stress in Pets

Pets can suffer from heat stress and heatstroke, which can be life-threatening if not addressed promptly. Look out for these common signs of heat stress:

  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Lethargy or unusual tiredness
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Bright red or pale gums

    If you notice any of these signs, take immediate action to cool your pet down and contact your vet.

    Essential Tips for Keeping Pets Cool

    Hydration: Always provide your pet with access to fresh, cool water. While adding a couple of ice cubes can help keep the water cool, avoid overdoing it as extreme cold can cause stomach issues in some pets. Ensure water bowls are placed in shaded areas to prevent the water from heating up.

    Shade and Shelter: Create shaded areas in your garden using umbrellas, tarpaulins, or a pop-up tent. Indoors, keep the blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to keep rooms cooler.

    Avoiding Peak Heat: Walk your pets during the cooler parts of the day – early morning or late evening. Hot pavement can burn paws, so always check the ground temperature with your hand before heading out (or an infrared thermometer, if you have one – the pavement can get extremely hot in the summer).

    Cooling Products: Consider using cooling mats, vests, and fans designed specifically for pets. These products can provide much-needed relief from the heat. Superpet offers a range of cooling products that are safe and effective for keeping your pets comfortable.

    Indoor Comfort: Keep your home cool by using fans or air conditioning. Ensure your pet has a cool, quiet place to rest indoors. Avoid using ice packs directly on their skin; instead, wrap them in a towel before applying.

    Special Considerations for Different Pets

    Dogs: Never leave your dog in a parked car, even for a short time. Cars can heat up rapidly, posing a severe risk of heatstroke. When travelling, use pet-safe travel crates or carriers with good ventilation, and keep the car well-ventilated or air-conditioned.

    Cats: Keep cats indoors during the peak heat of the day. Encourage hydration by placing multiple water bowls around the house. Consider using a pet fountain to make drinking more appealing.

    Small Pets: Small mammals like rabbits and guinea pigs are particularly vulnerable to heat. Keep their enclosures out of direct sunlight and ensure good ventilation. Provide frozen water bottles wrapped in towels for them to lie against.

    Fish and Aquatic Pets: Maintain appropriate water temperatures in tanks and ponds. Use aquarium fans or chillers if necessary, and regularly monitor water temperature to prevent overheating.

    Fun Summer Activities

    Keeping your pets entertained and active without overheating is key to their happiness and health.

    Water Play: For dogs that enjoy water, set up a shallow paddling pool in a shaded area. Always supervise water play to ensure safety.

    Indoor Games: Engage pets in indoor activities like puzzle toys, treat dispensers, and gentle play sessions to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

    Emergency Measures

    If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, act quickly:

    1. Move them to a cool, shaded area immediately.
    2. Wet them with cool (not cold) water, particularly on the head, neck, and chest.
    3. Offer small amounts of cool water to drink.
    4. Contact your vet immediately for further instructions.


    By recognising the signs of heat stress and taking proactive measures, you can ensure your pets stay safe and comfortable during the warm weather. Preparation is key to enjoying a worry-free summer with your furry friends.

    Visit us at Superpet for more tips and to explore our range of cooling products designed to keep your pets happy and healthy. Stay cool and enjoy the summer!

    Best regards,

    The Superpet Team

    Explore our cooling products and summer essentials at Superpet. Have tips or experiences to share? Join the conversation in the comments or on our social media channels. Your insights could help fellow pet owners keep their pets safe this summer.


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