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Beat the Heat

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Whilst the recent soar in temperatures might mean a chance for us to top up our tans, it's important to remember that our pets might not cope as well in the heat. Keeping animals cool and hydrated during hot weather is a must! Here are some of our handy hints to help your pets beat the heat during this #heatwave:

 

Hydrate

Make sure your pets always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water.

For horses, providing water containing electrolytes can help them re-balance vital salts and minerals that they will lose through sweating. However you must always also provide a separate source of cool water as some horses will not drink water with electrolytes.

For dogs, try adding a few ice cubes to their water to make it cooler. If taking your dog out and about take some water and a bowl with you.

Shade

Ensuring your horse has access to shade when turned out enables them to get some relief from the sun. A field shelter enables them to completely escape the sun’s rays, but trees and hedges can provide some shade too and horses will usually find these spots.

If your horse is normally stabled at night, during periods of hot weather you could reverse this so that they are stabled through the warmer days and are out at night when it is cooler.

Don’t ride during very hot periods of the day, and keep sessions short to ensure you are not overworking your horse.

Dogs should ideally be walked early morning and later at night when it is cooler. Dogs might love a swim too if there's a safe place to do so near you. If not a child's plastic paddling pool makes the ultimate place for water loving pooches to cool down.

Sun Protection

Light coloured animals are particularly susceptible to sunburn and especially those with white socks and blazes, pink noses, or hairless patches.

Fly sheets can help to protect light coloured horses from sunburn and many fly rugs of the market come with some UV protection.

Applying sun cream to sensitive areas on your pets such as the muzzle or nose can help prevent them burning.

Get Clipped

Clipping horses and dogs with longer coats can help them cool down more easily. However you should not clip too close to animals coat, as the hair can provide some protection against the sun’s rays.

Buzz Off

The soar in temperature can also cause a soar in fly population. Flies can be particularly bothersome to horses so it is vital that you ensure your horse has adequate protection by using a combination of fly rug, fly mask and fly spray. Some fly rugs like Horseware’s Amigo with Vamoose are infused with Vamoose fly repellent which means you don’t need to spray the horse with fly spray before rugging them.

We currently have 20% off all Fly Protection (rugs, masks and sprays) until 24/7/16!

 

Our Must Have Beat the Heat Products:

Scruffs Cool Mat:

Help your pet cool down in the summer heat.

Many pets can suffer from the heat during hot summer months. The Scruffs Cool Mat is designed to provide relief for your pet. Filled with a non-toxic gel the self-cooling mat will be typically 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature.

When in use, the mat will maintain its cooling properties for approximately 1hr depending upon the environment. To reset the mat's cooling properties simply leave unused for 1hr, there is no need to freeze or refrigerate.

The Scruffs Cool Mat can be used alone, with an existing pet bed or in a pet carrier. To clean the mat simply wipe the cover with a cloth and soapy water, then rinse with clean water before use.

 

Equilibrium Field Relief Max Fly Mask:

A full face fly mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with carefully designed features to provide exceptional comfort for the horse.

Protects from sunburn by blocking up to 80% of the sun rays

Perfect for sensitive horses or those in high midge and fly infested areas.

 

Horseware Amigo 3 in 1 Vamoose Rug:

The Amigo Three-In-One Vamoose Fly Rug is the perfect choice of rug for the changeable weather we so often experience, acting as a turnout rug and a fly rug all in one.

This seamless design provides a waterproof top section with 0g fill and offers UV protection to your horse helping them to stay protected from the harmful rays of the sun.

The unique swirl design on the top section of the rug helps confuse and keeps flies away.

Designed with a tough, breathable and waterproof 600D polyester top section with polyester net sides it will prevent your horse from getting wet during the summer showers, the shallow depth of this top section will also ensure your horse does not overheat.

The deep Vamoose treated sides ensure optimum protection from flies is achieved as well as maximum airflow.

 

Vitamunch Soothing Summer:

NEW Vitamunch Soothing Summer is a handy healthy snack, crammed with goodness to make summer more comfortable for your horse naturally.

Vitamunch soothing summer variety is specially formulated for summer months when many horses are bothered by heat, pollen, flies and insects.

Enriched with:

Vitamin C to help horses breathe easily when dust or pollen levels are high,

Vitamin E - a natural allergy defence,

Plus carefully chosen ingredients

Camomile, marigold & brewer's yeast, to naturally treat skin irritations & help keep flies & insects at bay

Vitamunch soothing summer is ideal to place in the stable or shelter as a low sugar treat to keep your horse occupied when hiding from sun & flies - dry, wet or in a net!

 

NAF Electro Salts:

When horses work hard, or during hot weather, they regulate their body temperature by sweating.

Sweating not only loses fluid as it evaporates, but also essential body salts, particularly sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Failure to replace these body salts (known as electrolytes) can result in fatigue, and in extreme cases, damage to muscle, bone and cartilage tissue.

Electro Salts is a concentrated combination of the essential plasma salts in combination with dextrose to aid efficient absorption of the salts.

Electro Salts should be fed following exertion, after heavy sweating or during periods of very hot weather.

Electro Salts can be given easily in the feed, or dissolved in water.

Always ensure a supply of clean fresh water is readily available.

 

Leovet Power Phaser Fly Durativ:

Leovet Power Phaser is an optimised blend of effective ingredients which guarantee long-lasting stay-off effect from all insect and horse flies, even when the horse sweats. The repellent-loss effect associated with perspiration is much less pronounced.

Fly repellent gel for the fullest in protection. The Sponge included allows the gel to be applied easily, without soiling the hands.

 

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