Keeping Your Pet Cool in Hot Weather

Summer is officially upon us! While Ontario may be known more for cold winters than sweltering summers, we are prone to heat waves and hot spells. Hot weather can be tough on pets! In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses keeping your furry pal cool in summer.


Make sure Fido and Fluffy have plenty of cool, fresh water. Your furry buddy may enjoy drinking from a pet fountain. On sweltering days, drop a few ice cubes into your pet’s bowl to keep the water cool.


A good brushing will remove dust, dander, and dead hair from your pet’s fur. This will actually increase the insulating properties of your four-legged pal’s coat, helping them stay cooler.


Make sure your four-legged friend always has suitable shade and shelter. We recommend that kitties live indoors, as they are safer inside anyway. As for Fido, limit his outdoor time on hot days.

Cool Snacks

One way to really make your pet’s day is to offer them a cold snack. Fluffy and Fido can both enjoy some chilled, sodium-free chicken, fish, or beef broth. Or, mix undrained tuna in water with plain yogurt and a little parsley, then freeze in small portions.


This one mostly applies to Fido: Fluffy keeps her own schedule for naps, grooming, and mischief. Walk and play with your dog in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out, and keep him indoors during the hottest part of the day.


Hammock beds are a great option for summertime. They allow air to flow beneath them, keeping Fido and Fluffy cooler. If you have a kitty, you can make your cat a hammock bed in just a few minutes. You’ll need a sturdy piece of fabric, and an end or coffee table with four legs. Cut the fabric so that it’s smaller than the tabletop, and attach the corners to the legs. Then, just tell your feline buddy not to use it!


Leaving your pet in a car in hot weather is very, very dangerous, and could have tragic consequences. If Fido or Fluffy can’t go inside with you at your destination, leave them safe and sound at home.

Please contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your local Newmarket, ON animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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