UK heatwave: How to keep your pets cool in the heat

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It's been HOT for weeks in lots of different parts of the UK and temperatures are expected to reach 33C in London on Thursday.

And if we're feeling the warmth, our pets definitely are.

Newsround has been getting some top tips on how to look after your hot hounds, boiling bunnies and parched parrots!

Top tips from the animal welfare charity RSPCA

1. It's all about keeping pets cool. Never leave them in hot cars even if it's just for a short time. Temperatures can rise really quickly in there.

2. Just like you wear sun cream to avoid sunburn, use pet safe lotion on exposed parts of your pet's skin, including the tips of their ears and nose.

3. Make sure your pet has access to both shade and fresh drinking water. How about putting ice cubes in their water bowl?

4. Dogs still need exercise even when it's hot but watch out for how warm the pavements is. If it's too hot for your hand then it's too hot for their paws. You'll know if their feet are burnt if they limp or refuse to walk, the pads on them are darker or damaged.

5. Keep an eye on where your pets are, especially cats, so they don't end up locked in a hot greenhouse or shed.

6. Don't worry we haven't forgotten about your pet fish, lizards and birds! Tanks and cages should be kept away from direct sunlight and any water changed regularly to stop them overheating.

7. If you don't have any pets you can still look after animals in the heat. You can help wildlife in your garden by putting out fresh clean water for drinking and in case they want to take a dip!


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  • Comment number 12. Posted by SAVANAH CATS ARE GREAT

    27 Jul 2018 7:47
  • Comment number 11. Posted by Diamond16dolphin

    13 Jul 2018 16:25
    or a like
    like the one above
  • Comment number 10. Posted by Diamond16dolphin

    13 Jul 2018 16:24
    cat are cute
    put an cat emoji If you agree
  • Comment number 9. Posted by U17070681

    9 Jul 2018 13:17
    Dear pearljoggingelf put a water bottle full of ice in the cage for it to drink.
  • Comment number 8. Posted by BlushBookwormBear

    1 Jul 2018 8:05
    Great advice I'm gonna use all that for when I take my dog for walks this weekend.
    Who else has a dog? Like if u have one.🐢🐱🐭🐹🐰
  • Comment number 7. Posted by _-Moonlight-_

    30 Jun 2018 21:58
    Thanks, i'll keep this in mind although i don't have a pet :((
    I love the new NR update
    Loving the comments aswell ;)
  • Comment number 6. Posted by PearlJoggingElf

    30 Jun 2018 18:19
    Anyone got good tips for hamsters ?
    Plz reply
    Pearl !
  • Comment number 5. Posted by Feminist4Life

    28 Jun 2018 20:49
    Lulu don't do anything cause it's Draco
  • Comment number 4. Posted by Amsteryay123

    28 Jun 2018 20:19
    Hey guys!
    Loving the new newsround update
    Thx so much for adding comments on newsround x

  • Comment number 3. Posted by AmazingJetStar

    28 Jun 2018 6:42
    Amazing advice 🐢🐱🐰🐹