Most pets are not bred for the harsh Australian climate and can suffer from dehydration, especially if they don’t have access to shade and water.
Just like in humans, overheating can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, affecting major organs. Signs of heatstroke include temperature of 40°C and above (in cats and dogs), faster/heavier breathing, rapid heartbeat, stress, dry mouth, swaying, weakness , collapse and eventually loss of consciousness.
Dogs can also get into trouble if they exercise in very hot weather, so go for your walkies early in the morning or in the evening on those hotter days. Of course, it’s vital that all pets have access to shade and plenty of water.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, call your vet.
If you think your pet is hot but isn’t showing signs of heatstroke, cool them down by giving them a cool (not cold) bath. Soaking your pet’s paws and placing cool towels on their tummy can also help.
Nobody wants their pet to feel uncomfortable, so the below tips might help your pet with the heat:
Seek or create shade when you are outdoors in hot weather.
Provide fresh water wherever you are.
Drop ice cubes into pet containers to keep water cool and refreshing.
Make sure your pets have access to shade at home throughout the day.
Never leave pets in a car as the heat can quickly rise to dangerous levels.
Keep long-haired pets short by treating them to a groom.
Exercise dogs early in the morning or evening to avoid temperature spikes and burnt paws.
Light coloured dogs can get sunburned, so put a pet or child-safe sunscreen on their nose and ears when out in the sun.
Dogs and cats often come to the vet with insect bites with most stings causing pain, irritation and swelling. However, just like in humans, some stings can cause an allergic reaction, which needs to be treated urgently.
If your pet is stung in the head, neck or throat or your pet swallows an insect, observe for any changes in behaviour and contact your vet if you are concerned.
We hope you have found this helpful and wish you many happy summer days with your gorgeous pets this summer