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Animal welfare advice for Summer

We receive many enquiries and reports about the welfare of animals over the summer months, particularly when it's very hot. Find out how to help animals enjoy summer as much as you do!

Who to contact

  • Please call us on 0300 1234 999 if an animal is in danger of harm due to suffering cruelty or neglect or is sick, injured or trapped and needs our help
  • Take injured wildlife to local wildlife rescues or vets
  • If you see a dog in a hot car we urge you to ring 999 for help as we may not be able to attend quickly enough and, with no powers of entry, we'd need police assistance

Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather

Never leave animals in cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans on a warm day, even if it's just for a short while. When it's 22°C outside, temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) in these environments, which can be deadly.

You can also keep your pets safe by:

  • Using a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet's skin
  • Making sure they have shade 
  • Giving them constant access to fresh water
  • Putting ice cubes in their water bowl
  • Giving them damp towels to lie on

It's also worth checking pets regularly for flystrike.

Going on a summer holiday?

Whether you're taking your pet with you or finding a safe place for them to stay while you're away, check out our going on holiday advice for pet owners.

Find out more

Follow the links below for more seasonal advice on keeping animals safe and happy during the summer months.