Other pets in summer
If you look after exotic pets, it is important to make sure they are kept within their recommended temperature range.
Overheating can occur in hot weather and can be highly dangerous for many animals so it is important to make sure you are keeping your pets within their recommended temperature range during summer.
Here are our key tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy when the weather heats up:
Fish, amphibians and reptiles
- Keep fish tanks and reptile or amphibian enclosures out of direct sunlight.
- Check the temperature levels inside fish tanks and reptile and amphibian enclosures regularly to ensure that you are providing the recommended temperature gradient for the species.
- For fish tanks, you may need to carry out water changes to prevent overheating. For ponds, top up the water levels and make sure pond fish have access to shaded areas created by aquatic plants.
- Some reptile owners take their reptiles outside during warmer days in the summer, to take advantage of the natural sunlight. It is good for reptiles to be allowed the opportunity to receive natural sunlight, however we would urge owners to ensure that their reptile is kept secure when doing so, as reptiles can warm up and move quickly on a sunny day. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) to release, or allow to escape, any species that is not native to the UK. It is possible to microchip snakes and we would recommend that owners ask their exotics vet to do this, so that snakes can be easily reunited if lost and found.
- Keep indoor captive birds out of direct sunlight and ensure aviary birds have shaded areas. All birds need access to clean fresh water, both for drinking and bathing.
- Many birds, such as parrots, often enjoy being gently misted with cool water, to cool off and maintain feather condition.