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Summer in Queensland is no joke, and our extreme weather patterns can play havoc with our pets. While it’s good to stay active in the warmer months, it’s also important that our four-legged friends stay safe.

So, whether it’s a run along the beach or playing fetch in the garden, here are our top tips for keeping your pets safe through the hot summer months.

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1. Stay active

Rising temperatures don’t mean you have to stop being active with your pet. On hot days, take advantage of early morning walks or exercise after dusk. Steering clear of the midday sun will make sure your pet doesn’t overheat as they play. Even though the sun’s not beating down on you, take along water for the journey for yourself and your buddy.

2. Keep hydrated

The most important thing you can do for your pets during the hot summer months is keep them hydrated. Take water and a bowl with you when you leave the house, that way you won’t be caught out. To make hydration a bit more fun, try making frozen treats with water, peanut butter, and pet friendly fruit like bananas and apples.

3. Be sun safe

Just because your pet is covered in fur doesn’t mean they can’t be harmed by the sun’s powerful rays. It’s especially important to protect your pet from the sun if they love to sun bathe, spend a lot of time outside, or don’t have thick fur. Talk to your vet about an animal-specific sunscreen and make sure to apply it to a test area first.

4. Keep cool

The key to spending time outside during the Queensland summer is to stay cool. The easiest way to keep both you and your pet cool is to relax in the shade rather than in the sun. It’s also a good idea to keep an ice pack or frozen water bottle nearby so your pet can regulate their body temperature by lying or leaning on the ice. Better yet, fill a paddling pool with cool water and let your pet splash the day away.

5. Stay safe

We all know that some pets live for the outdoors. If you let your pet roam during the summer months, keep an eye out for fields or grassy areas that may have been treated with fertiliser or pesticides. Take precautions by letting your dog wander in designated, fenced-in dog parks and consider pet insurance so if the unthinkable does happen, you’re covered.  

Check out our Pet Health Centre for helpful hints on keeping your dog happy and healthy.

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