Today is the official start of summer.
Did you know that? Ali told me. He’s so clever and now you can tell all of your friends too. According to the poll we did recently, summer is your favourite time of year. You all like to enjoy the sun and splash about in some sort of water or go to the beach and eat ice cream. Yes, it’s great fun I’m sure, but what effect does it have on other animals? Let’s find out.
I’m sorry to start with a very sad thing but every summer the RSPCA is called out to help dogs that have been left in hot cars. Sometimes these dogs die. So, NEVER leave a dog in a hot car, or any pet for that matter.
Make sure caged pets are always housed out of direct sunlight and that they always have somewhere shady to go. Every pet should have access to water at all times too and don’t exercise pets when it’s really hot outside – it’s best to do it in the early morning or evening.
This is the time of year when lots of you jet off to lovely places for a bit of a rest. If you’re going away make sure you’ve got plans for your pet. They need to be left with someone responsible who can give them the same care and attention that you would normally give. They also need to take your pet to a vet if he/she gets poorly.
Out and about
When it’s warmer you might see more animals out and about, like snakes. Eeek – don’t panic! Snakes will most likely be passing by and do you no harm, so please leave them alone. If you are doing a spot of gardening (with grown-ups I hope!) watch out for frogs, toads, snakes, hedgehogs, and birds. All of these animals have paid a visit to an RSPCA wildlife centre in recent times with gardening injuries, so be careful with your lawnmowers and spades! I’ve had a close shave in the garden as you may know and it’s not very nice.