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Keeping your pet cool during summer

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Humans are thirsty – and it’s also important to keep your pets cool in hot weather. Here are our five top tips
1. Keep it cool: All pets must be kept in cool, shady areas, some of which will be in the house. If you’re feeling warm, chances are they are too – so make sure they have access to shade and let them into cool indoor rooms.
2. Little ones need a little help: Small pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, are particularly susceptible to heat. They will benefit from walking on cool tiles, so make them a run in your kitchen or even bathroom. Or you could drape their cage with wet towels and leave a couple of icepacks or frozen water bottles in the cage.  Keep everything out of direct sunlight.
3. Water, water everywhere: Provide plenty of fresh, cool water in large water containers offer more than one source of water in case one bowl is tipped over. Ensure the containers are in the shade and add some ice to the water to keep it cool.
4. Step carefully: If the pavement feels hot to touch it can harm your dog’s paws. Go for early morning or evening walks, when the heat of the sun has gone. If your pet seems to be in discomfort, try wetting their feet and misting water onto their face.
5. Take care of wildlife: Leave small bowls of water in your garden so wildlife can keep cool.