Shaded Nation – Shade Sails
We all know that humans can get health problems from being exposed to the sun for too long, but it might surprise you to learn that pets are vulnerable as well.
When the weather is especially hot, dogs, cats and smaller animals like rabbits can suffer from sunburn and heat stroke in much the same way we do. Many people consider their pets to be part of the family and would be horrified if they knew they could be putting their health at risk by leaving them out in the sun for too long.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has acknowledged this problem in a recent statement. It said: “Even a hot garden without shade can be disastrous for an animal.”
However, protecting your pets is easy, as installing a garden shade sail is the ideal way to keep them safe during the summer. These structures are specifically manufactured to block up to 98.8 per cent of harmful UV rays and provide a cool, shaded spot under which your dog or cat can rest out of the sun.
They’re not just for pets though, and are a great way for the whole family to enjoy being outside without having to worry about the threat of sunburn.
The RSPCA also warned dog owners about the danger of leaving their pet in a car on a hot day. The temperature inside a vehicle is much higher than outside and can reach 47 degrees C within just 60 minutes even if the external temperature is only 22 degrees C.
Sadly, many dogs die of heatstroke after being exposed to these conditions and simply leaving a bowl of water or opening a window is not sufficient to protect them.
With this is in mind, it is much better to keep your pet at home where it can relax in the shade of the garden if possible. If this isn’t an option, you could always leave them with a friend, relative or in the care of a kennels.