26 May, 2017

6 Tips To Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

Some of my readers will know that we have a small fur family. Our fur family currently consists of a mini heard of 5 guinea pigs, our 8 year old Chihuahua Daisy, 1 year old Sprocker Honey and now 3 Chickens.  Over the last week, I have been busy finding different ways in which to keep them cool and comfortable during the hot weather. 

1. Give your pets a haircut/trim

Trim any long/overgrown fur, do not completely shave off all your pets as their fur is a form of protection from getting sunburnt. If you want to shave your pet and not sure on how to do it or how short to go make sure you take them to a qualified groomer.

2. Ice cubes and Freezing items

There are many things that you can freeze, from water bottles, plastic containers- these are great for making big ice cubes and fruit cubes! You can also freeze ceramic tiles to place in enclosures, you little pets will thank you for something cool to drink and sit on. 

During the hottest part of the day, I haven been putting ice cubes in water bowls/ dishes to allow my pets to have ice cold drinks. Make sure your pets have plenty of water about and that there are no restrictions as they can't ask you for a drink! 

Lastly, freeze toys! Make sure you put them in a bag first, so your freezer doesn't smell of pets.

3. Buy a paddling pool 

We have a paddling pool for the dogs to swim in. Daisy isn't a massive fan, but Honey seems to enjoy it more and it keeps them lovely and cool.  You don't need to go crazy and spend lots of money, you can buy plenty of cheap ones from Poundland style stores. You can even use bowls, plastic storage boxes and gardening trays depending on the size of your pet and what you have already in and around the house. 

4. Shade 

Keep your pets in shaded areas if you can. If not, you can create shade with a cover over the hutch/pen.  Try putting off walks until it's cooler and avoid walking at the hottest part of the day. If you have to go out make sure that you walk in the shade as much as possible.  Check to see if you can hold your hand on the pavement for at least 5-10 seconds, then you will know if it is safe enough for your dogs to walk on, you don't want to burn your dogs feet.
Also, take a bottle of water for them to have the odd drink especially if it's a long walk your going on.   

5. Mud 

Mud is relatively cooling, there are lots of animals that use mud baths to cool themselves down in and so this week for our piggies I dug a small hole to bury one of their tunnels in so they can go underground to stay cooler, so far they have really enjoyed it. 

6.  Fans 

Like in my previous post, fans are a quick way for some relief from the heat. If your pet is designated to one area or room use a fan to help keep them cool, especially on really humid nights. 
You can also purchase a cooling pet mat from pet stores and Amazon. 

*Please never leave a dog in a car, especially if it's hot! Dogs die in hot cars! 

What have you been doing to keep your pets cool during the heat?  Leave me a comment below. 



  1. Freezing anything is such a good tip.


  2. Love all these tips! I use them all for Kendall regularly. She'll wait by the freezer until she gets ice cubes after a long run.


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