As temperatures have rocketed to the late 20s and 30s this week, RSPCA centres and branches across England and Wales have been ensuring the animals in their care stay cool in the heat.
From pet food ice cubes to splashing in a paddling pool and finding some light relief in the shade, these animals have found ways to stay healthy and happy in the heatwave.
Cats enjoy ice cubes made from tasty cat food whilst the dogs take a splash in the pond at RSPCA Newbrook Farm Animal Centre in Birmingham.
Jess, a white and tan Staffordshire bull terrier and Miley, a a black and white staffy at Block Fen Animal Centre in Cambridgeshire, enjoy a frozen dog treat whilst Storm, the German Shepherd takes a dip in the pool (video).
- Top tips for pet owners in hot weather:
- Don’t let your pet get sunburnt – use pet-safe sun cream.
- Ensure animals have access to shade and fresh drinking water.
- Keep fish tanks out of direct sunlight and top up water levels of ponds.
- Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on.
- Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients.