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We’ve seen temperatures soar this summer and we’d like to remind everyone about how important it is to look out for your furry friends over the warmer months.
Overheating can cause your pets to suffer heatstroke, which can in turn lead to organ failure or even death in more serious cases.
The good news is, there are a number of things you can do to prevent this from happening!
Firstly, make sure you never leave your pet alone in your car or ute as leaving a window down or parking in the shade won’t be enough to protect your pet from overheating. Leaving your dog on the back of your ute is also a big no no in the hotter months as they can severely burn themselves on the piping hot tray.
Next up, if you’re taking your dog for a walk, try to avoid walking them in the middle of the day. Taking your pooch out early in the morning or later in the afternoon will ensure they their paws don’t burn on the hot pavement and they’ll be less likely to become dehydrated.
There are also things you can do at home to ensure your pet remains comfortable in the heat.
Ensuring they have access to plenty of shade and water should be a top priority! It might be an idea to leave out an extra bowl of fresh, clean water in the hotter months in case their main bowl gets knocked over. You can even put blocks of ice in your pet’s water or give them frozen treats to cool them down.
If it gets really hot, like the 43 degree day we had last week, consider bringing your pet inside. You’ll be able to keep them cool with fans or air-conditioning and we promise they’ll love you for it!
It might also seem like a logical idea to hose your pet down with cold water or place them in a cold bath, but be very cautious. If your pet is really hot or bordering on heat stroke, it might just make things worse. Lowering your pet’s skin and surface temperature too abruptly might actually result in further heating of their internal organs, worsening the overheating of the body’s core. Start by dipping their feet in first and getting them used to it and then enter them in to the water slowly.
Keep these helpful tips top of mind for the remainder of the summer because if you do, your pets will be cool, calm, collected and VERY grateful.