10 ingenious ways to keep your pet cool in the heatwave

PUBLISHED: 16:38 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 20 July 2016

Blue, 3, a Cockapoo dog, cools off as he enjoys splashing in the sea.

Blue, 3, a Cockapoo dog, cools off as he enjoys splashing in the sea.

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It’s hard enough being human in these temperatures, but imagine if you were covered with fur and unable to sweat to cool yourself down?

The RSPCA has revealed 10 top tips to keep your pet stay cool and comfortable in the heat.

1. Get the sun cream out. If your pet has white fur, make sure to use pet safe sun-cream, particularly on the tips of ears which can get sunburnt exactly the same as humans do. This is also true of horses and particularly their sensitive noses.

2. Fish can get too hot too! Tanks should be kept out of direct sunlight to protect your fish.

3. Freeze your dog’s water bowl before putting water or treats in to keep them cool for longer periods of time. This could work for any animals treats, for example making sure carrots given to horses are from the fridge. Or put ice cubes into your dog’s water to cool it down.

4. Wrap an ice pack from the freezer in a tea towel so your dog or cat can rest on it if they choose to. You could also put damp towels in the freezer for your pet to lie on.

5. You might notice your pet likes to lie more on tiled surfaces than carpets when it’s hot. A cooling mat can provide a nice place for your pet to lie and cool down.

6. Put bottles of frozen water wrapped in a towel in rabbit and guinea pig enclosures so your rabbit can lie next to it if they want to to cool down. Make sure there is a shady part of the exercise area for your rabbits and guinea pigs at all times of the day. Rabbits are more susceptible to fly-strike in the summer so be sure to check them regularly.

7. Make an ice lolly from pet friendly ingredients. Recipes can be found online but if in doubt ask your vet.

8. If your dog enjoys water use a paddling pool, hose or sprinkler, to provide them with some relief from the heat.

9. Pets may struggle to realise when they are too hot so make sure they have constant access to shade and don’t over exercise them in the heat. Don’t house any animal in direct sunlight.

10. Give your dog a piece cold of apple or cucumber to eat for added moisture.

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