Keep your pet comfortable this summer

The Australian summer heat is hard to bare for most, including the furrier members of the family.

For companion animals, family pets and local wildlife, summer can be a difficult time to keep cool and hydrated. This guide will provide you with useful tips to help your furry family members’ safe during the hot summer months.

Keep them hydrated

Ensure that your extra family members have fresh clean water every day and plenty of it. Dogs are known for overturning or splashing around water bowls in an attempt to keep cool, therefore, you will need to refill their dish regularly. Purchase a kids shell pool for an easy solution.

If you do have a pool, be sure to keep the gate closed and the pool covered when it is not in use. Animals who may be trying to beat the heat will jump into pools and are more likely to drown. 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.

Never leave them in a car

Under no circumstances should you ever leave your furry friend 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.

Read more about why it is never safe to leave pets in the car.

The danger of snakes

As cold-blooded animals, snakes love the warm weather. Therefore if you are walking your furry friend 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. You will need to be extremely cautious. 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.

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.

Remember Australian summers are often accompanied by fireworks and thunderstorms; here’s how to keep your pets calm during fireworks.

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.

Ticks prefer warm and humid conditions, making summer a dangerous time for your pet. Find out what to do if your furry friend gets bitten here.