Summer safety for your pets

Queenslanders love nothing more than spending summer days outdoors with their furry companions, however hot weather can spell danger for our pets.

The Animal Welfare League Queensland (ALWQ) recommends these simple precautions to help your pet through the summer festivities and prevent overheating.

Never leave your animals in a vehicle 

Even with the windows open, a parked car is like an oven and temperatures can reach extreme levels in just a short period of time leading to fatal heat stroke.

Pets can get dehydrated quickly

Be sure to have plenty of fresh, clean water available. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the symptoms of overheating in pets

Overheating symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, vomiting and even collapse. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke. 

Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool or at the beach 

Not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pet to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.

Don’t let your pets linger on hot pavements

Because they’re so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up very quickly when the temperature is high. Their sensitive paw pads can burn so keep dog walks during the hottest parts of the day to a minimum.

Human food and drink are not for pets 

Food and drink should be kept out of reach of your pets. Food enjoyed by humans should not be a treat as any change of diet may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments or, in some cases, be poisonous and result in death.

Many pets are fearful of loud noises

It’s best to keep your pets somewhere safe inside during storms or any loud celebrations like fireworks. Ensure your pet’s microchip and ID tag details are up-to-date in case they go missing. 

 

Consider RACQ Pet Insurance to help keep your pets happy and healthy this summer.