Top five ways to keep your pets comfortable this Summer

Queensland’s Summer heat can be hard to bare so look after your furry friends.

It is important to look out for you pets during the warmer months so that they don’t suffer from dehydration or heatstroke. Here are five ways to keep your pets cool this Summer.

  1. Keep them hydrated with access to shade
    Ensure that they have access to fresh, clean water every day. Dogs are known for overturning or splashing around water bowls to keep cool, therefore, you will need to refill their dish regularly. Purchase a kid’s shell pool for an easy solution. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of shade throughout the day. If you can keep your house cool with air-conditioning, fans and open windows then let them inside.
  2. Never leave them in a car
    Under no circumstances should you ever leave your pets in the car. Even on cloudy days, the temperature inside a vehicle can increase quickly - even with the windows down. An increase in body temperature, by one or two degrees, can be fatal for an animal. A dog’s average internal temperature is between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius. If their temperature rises to 40 degrees, your dog needs to see a vet. For temperatures at 41 degrees, your dog will begin to experience organ failure and brain damage.
  3. Avoid ticks or snakes
    As cold-blooded animals, snakes love the warm weather. Therefore, if you are walking your dog through bushland or national parks be mindful and avoid contact with snakes. Stay up-to-date with first aid knowledge just in case your dog is bitten. Snakes generally prefer the cover of scrub and long grass, if sections of your background match this description it may be best to mow the lawn and clear debris. Get an understanding of the snakes found in your local area and the symptoms that occur following a bite – some symptoms are less obvious than others.
  4. Keep them calm during the party season
    Summer is a great time to host a get-together with friends. However, your pet may not be as supportive of the idea. Hosting a party often results in your house being filled with loud music and people. Animals will often become nervous and seek solitude — often cats will disappear for days. Creating a quiet nook for your pet will assist in keeping them calm and relaxed.
  5. Include them on your next holiday
    If you are planning trips away organise to stay at pet-friendly accommodation. Many booking sites will have a filter in the search bar for pet-friendly accommodation, so instead of paying for a kennel, allow your furry friend to tag along.

Be mindful of local wildlife too. Keep a dish of water out the back or high up in a tree to help the native animals stay hydrated. If you spot any wildlife looking like they may be struggling or heat-stressed call your local RSPCA or wildlife group for help.