Weekly Fun fact
If your dog’s acting funny, get out the umbrella! According to a Petside.com/Associated Press poll, 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on the way.
In The Pawtime Press
Flying Ants Come to Ireland
The mini heatwave that we have had is set to bring out the flying ants. Rentokil have advised to keep an eye on your pet’s water bowl and clean it out and refresh the water regularly.
You can read more about this in the Irish Mirror’s recent article
This week we have been baking up a storm with Peanut Cookie Cookies and muffins for my 2 dogs from PawBakes.
32 Finalists Selected for the Nose Of Tralee
This week our judges selected the final 32 Noses for the 2016 Nose Of Tralee pet competition.
Pawsome Pet Shoutout
Remember if you want your pets to be internet famous then post a picture of your pet on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #loveyourpetspodcast
Each week we will pick the coolest pets from around the world to feature.
This week we are featuring 2 cats we met on Twitter, Mani and Thor. I think you will agree they are stunning cats.
— Deric Ó hArtagáinTV3 (@deric_hartigan) July 21, 2016
In The Spotlight: 10 Ways To Keep Your Pets Cool In The Hot Weather
#1. Keep Them Hydrated
It’s so important to make sure they have access to plenty of water. Animals drink more in the hot weather so keep an eye to make sure bowls are topped up and water refreshed.
If the water is getting warm too quickly then add some ice cubes to it to cool it down.
A pet water fountain can also be good in the hot weather to keep a constant supply of cold water for your cat or dog.
#2. Make Pupsicles
It’s really easy to make iced treats for your dog. Using an ice cube tray you can add a treat to each one and then add water and freeze.
Our dogs love these and it’s a great way to cool them down when they are warm.
#3. Provide A Shaded Area
Make sure your pets have a shaded area to sit in. If you have rabbits or such in a cage then make sure that it’s completely in the shade for them.
Outdoor dogs need to be able to get access to a nice shaded spot.
#4. Walk Your Dog Early Or Late
If it is extremely hot then consider keeping out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. It’s much cooler early in the morning or very late at night meaning you and your dog will have a much more comfortable walk.
Be mindful of the hot pavements when you are walking your dog during warm weather
#5. Fans and Air Conditioning
If you home is hot then consider setting up a fan for your dog or turning on air conditioning if you have it. Much like we can be restless when we are too hot, so will your dog be.
#6. Cool Towel
If you feel your pet is over heating then place a damp towel on the floor for them to lie on to cool down. You can also place cool towels on them to bring their temperature down.
Some cats and dogs might not react well to this, so you should try other ways to cool them down if that’s the case.
#7. Sprinklers or Paddling Pool
Not one for cats, but some dogs definitely love to take a dip in the water. Sprinklers can also be a great way to allow them to dip in and out of the water.
If you have children it’s a fun game they can all pay together.
If your dog is long haired then consider getting them groomed for the hot weather. A trim can make all the difference to their comfort level in the hot weather.
A groomer will be able to advise you on the best options for giving your dog a quick trim.
#9. Pull Blinds/Curtains
If you pets are home during the day, then pull blinds and curtains to keep your home cool. It can make a huge difference to the temperature in the house and keep your pets cool.
#10. Never Leave Dog In A Hot Car
We talked about this in episode 2 of the podcast and it still amazes me we read stories about doing this. If the weather is warm then don’t take your dog in the car at all.