Looking After Your Pets in the Heat
Summer is on its way and as the days get longer and hotter, it's important to think about how we can keep them comfortable in high temperatures.
Even for us humans, the Australian summer can be unbearable - especially when temperatures soar over 35 degrees. Air conditioners are a necessity, cold drinks and swimming in a pool or beach provide us with some relief, but it’s important to spare a thought for the wellbeing of our furry family members who are also struggling to keep cool!
Tips for keeping your animal companions cool in Summer:
- Always make sure your pet has access to clean and fresh water in and outside the house. Make sure that you have more than 1 bowl available to them just in case they run out while you aren't home. You can always keep ice blocks in them to keep them cool.
- Avoid walking your dog in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest. When the footpaths are hot, your furry friend can burn their paws as they are really quite sensitive pads.
- Be careful not to over exercise your pet which may leave them easily dehydrated.
- Allow outside pets inside during really hot times.
- Never leave an animal in the car, even for 5 minutes as they can get heat stroke very quickly, particularly those breeds with flatter faces like bulldogs, pugs and Persians. The heat in the car can rise very quickly within minutes!
What is heatstroke?
This is a state of hyperthermia which is elevated core body temperature above the normal range. Heatstroke is a very serious condition and occurs when heat generation exceeds the body’s ability to lose heat.
- Incessant panting which will increase as heat stroke progresses
- Drooling, salivating
- Agitation, restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea (possibly with blood)
- Signs of mental confusion
- Dizziness, staggering
- Lethargy, weakness
- Muscle tremors
- Collapsing and lying down
- Little to no urine production