Keep your pets cool

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Dog owners in Wicklow are being urged to keep their pets safe and cool during the summer months when day time temperatures traditionally soar.

“June, July and August are amongst the warmest months of the year and pet parents should be aware of the steps they can take to protect the health and life of their pet during these months,” said Emma Fanning, Training and Livestock Manager/Brand Ambassador at Maxi Zoo Ireland.

It is vital to ensure that your pet has access to fresh water at all times

“Dogs regulate their body temperature by panting and this increases their fluid requirement in summer. It is vital to ensure that your pet has access to fresh water at all times, that they are not exerted when temperatures are high and that they have shaded areas in which to rest,” she added.

Maxi Zoo’s top tip for pet parents to determine whether or not footpaths are too hot for a walk is to press the back of their hand on the footpath.

If their skin starts to hurt, then the surface is too hot for their pet to take a walk.
Jogging and cycling with dogs is best forgotten on sunny
days.

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