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Help animals beat the heat in West Norfolk

Help animals beat the heat in West Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:11am 24th July 2019.

We're not only ones feeling the heat this week in West Norfolk.

But our pets and wildlife may not fare so well in the heat, and it's mean to hit 31 degrees today (24th July) and 35 tomorrow (25th July).

We have tips and advice so you can help our county's animals beat the heat.


summer thermometer


  • Help the wildlife in your garden by supplying fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing
  • Take care when using lawn-mowers or strimmers and keep pesticides out of reach of animals.
  • Snakes are most active during June and July; don't be alarmed if you see one.
dog drinking water


Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather:

  • Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, or caravans even for a short while, temperatures inside can soar quickly
  • Make sure your pet has access to shade and freshwater to keep them cool.
  • Check for flystrike (where flies lay eggs on other animals).
  • Put ice cubes in their water bowl or make frozen pet-safe treats
  • A damp towel or a towel wrapped in an ice pack can provide relief from the heat
  • If they like water why not get out the paddling pool for them?

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Panting, which increases as heatstroke progresses.
  • Drooling, salivating.
  • Agitation, restlessness.
  • Bright red tongue.
  • Very red or pale gums.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Breathing distress.
  • Vomiting
  • Call a vet immediately if you think your pet has heatstroke, cool them down as quickly as possible by covering them in water-soaked towels.

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