Doggy-lollies, frozen cat blankets and a lot of creativity can get pets through a heatwave - and help avoid big vet bills during soaring temperatures, even if current weather doesn’t look promising.
Pet owners don’t always recognise the symptoms of heatstroke in their cats and dogs, because while humans can do something about the weather, animals don’t always make their discomfort known until its too late.
"In the UK, it seems unlikely, but a heatwave could always be just round the corner. If a pet suddenly acts distressed - whether vocally or with unusually subdued behaviour, then our vets will tell you it’s serious," said Mark Effenberg, Founder of Healthy Pets Insurance , the UK’s biggest independent cat and dog insurer.
"To avoid heat distress and expensive vet visits, there’s a degree of doing the opposite of what you’ve always believed, a lot of testing of resolve, and enormous creativity to be employed in keeping your pet cool, comfortable - and even alive - in a heatwave.
"Dogs are a different matter: stick a sprinkler on, and they’ll go play in the water. Douse them using a wet sponge, and they’ll love it."