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Your Dog In Summer


Summer is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with your pet however as the weather heats up it’s also important to remember that keeping your furry friends cool is imperative to prevent dehydration or heatstroke. Here are a few simple precautions you can take to ensure your pet stays cool throughout the day.

- Hydration is the key
Make sure your pet has easy access to plenty of cool water. If they are outside leave several containers (in case of spillage) in a shady area and throw in some ice if it’s particularly hot. For some extra fun freeze treats inside ice blocks.

- Exercise early
If you know it’s going to be a scorcher change up your dog’s walk to early in the morning or late evening. The local creek or dog friendly beach are also great places to cool off.

- Stay indoors
Remember dogs can’t sweat so a well-ventilated indoor environment is the best place for them on a hot day; they will probably enjoy lying on a cool floor such as a tiled laundry or bathroom! If your pet still seems to be uncomfortable try misting water on their face, wetting their paws or giving them a damp towel to lie on.

- Make a splash
A blow up kiddy pool or clamshell is a great way to keep your dog cool. They’ll love splashing around in the water, just remember to keep it in a shady part of the yard.

- No cars
As much as your dog may like coming along for a ride in the car, it’s no place for them on a hot summer’s day. Even on mild days the temperature inside a vehicle can rise rapidly. When the ambient temperature is 22°C the temperature inside a car can rise to over 47°C in 60 minutes (source: RSPCA). These hot conditions paired with poor ventilation mean dogs cannot thermo-regulate leaving them vulnerable to overheating which can be fatal.

Signs of heatstroke
Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, delirium, vomiting or even collapse or seizures. Brachycephalic (flat faced) animals such as pugs, boxers and Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke, as they cannot pant effectively. These pets, along with elderly, overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke seek veterinary attention immediately.

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