Ensure the comfort and safety of your pets in hot weather
The beautiful hot summer weather is here, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than to get out and about in our local parks and beaches. Our pets love enjoying the outdoors just as much as we do, however there are some things we need to keep in mind to ensure the comfort and safety of our pets during the warmer months.
Certain breeds of dogs and cats can be more affected by the heat, particularly those with shortened noses, and narrow airways such as Pugs and French Bulldogs, and also those with a heavy coat such as Huskies and Pomeranian breeds. It may be of benefit to consider having any long haired dogs or cats clipped by a groomer over summer as a preventative measure, this also makes tick searching much easier. Pugs, French Bulldogs and other short nosed breeds should be examined by a vet to ensure they do not have serious respiratory issues that may be affected by the heat.
In hot weather try walking your pets on grass rather than concrete or hot sand, and make sure at home there are areas of shade or shelter where they can rest and walk about. You may also wish to put ice cubes in their water bowl, or freeze some of their food to help keep them extra cool.
We always reiterate the importance of never leaving pets in the car in hot weather as well, as pets can overheat in a matter of minutes; this has sadly led to the deaths of otherwise healthy animals.
If there are any signs of distress such as panting excessively, breathing quickly, or unexpected lethargy please seek veterinary advice as soon as possible. Heat stress can unfortunately be fatal if treatment of the condition is not sought promptly. Try taking your dog to the park or on their walks during the cooler times of day (early morning or early evening), and always ensure there will be access to water along the way or bring a bottle with you just in case.
If you would like further tips on how to prepare for a hot day see Tips For The Festive Season | Sydney Animal Hospitals, or speak with our team at your local Sydney Animal Hospital;
Newtown (02) 9519 4111
69-73 Erskineville Road Erskineville
Inner West (02) 9516 1466
1A Northumberland Ave Stanmore
Norwest (02) 8883 0411
Unit 8, 1-3 Celebration Dr Bella Vista
Kellyville (02) 8883 0533
106 Windsor Rd Kellyville
Newport (02) 9997 4609
1 Palm Rd Newport
Avalon (02) 9918 0833
710 Barrenjoey Rd Avalon Beach
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