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Keep Pets Cool in Summer

It’s not just us humans that are perhaps finding this glorious weather just a little bit too hot, our pets are too! There are certain things we can do though to make a hot summer as easy as possible for our beloved animals to cope with.

Dog walking

Unlike the rest of the year, it’s a god idea to avoid taking your dog for as many walks as you normally would. Exercising may not be the best thing for your dog when it’s particularly warm outside, particularly in mid-afternoon when it’s hottest. Walks in the morning or evening are best (and if there’s a stream for them to splash about in, even better!)

dog in field

Provide Some Shade

Of course, it’s not just dogs that need to be protected from the warm weather; rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries do too! It’s essential that animals that live outdoors have a shaded area, and you could consider bringing them indoors or creating a space for them in the garage. Putting frozen peas under their cage is also a great way to keep smaller pets cool!

Sun Cream

Some animals with this light coats can be prone to sunburn and, whilst making sure they’re in the shade whilst the sun is at its strongest, it’s also possible to buy hypoallergenic sun cream which can be applied to sensitive areas such as ears and noses.

Damp Towel

By gently stroking your cat with a damp towel (that isn’t too cold) you can keep them cool. This technique works so effectively because it mimics what cats do to keep themselves cool.

cat in field


Whilst animals naturally malt in the summer, taking them for a trim will make a world of difference in keeping them cool – especially if they have a particularly thick coat.


It’s not just us humans that suffer from allergies during the summer months – dogs can also develop allergies to pollen which makes them incredibly itchy, especially on their ears, armpits and sides. They may also get red, itchy eyes. Antihistamines and steroids are available from the vets, and vacuuming and washing dog beds regularly can help to remove allergens.

Justine Dench

Justine Dench

Creative Editor

Justine Dench is the creative editor for Preloved. Her key personal interests include sustainability, conservation and animal welfare. Justine also has interests in photography, music, gardening and home interiors.