The weather is warming up in some parts of the country and the Bureau of Meteorology predicts heatwaves and temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Just as we are susceptible to extreme temperatures and require caution when out in the heat, our pets do as well! As much as we welcome the sun and fun, it’s important to remember that the rising temperatures can have a major effect on your dog’s health.
“Pets are just as susceptible to heat-related illness as humans,” said Dr David Neck, spokesperson for the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).
“Vets receive numerous calls from concerned pet owners during heatwaves after seeing worrying signs like lethargy, excessive panting or breathing problems. Unlike people, who sweat through skin, pets cool off through the pads of their feet and tongues. They need to pant to regulate their temperature, and dogs and cats with long hair can be more susceptible to the effects of heat,” he said.
Dogs and cats can both easily become overheated. To help keep your furry friend cool and hydrated and enjoying their summer as much as you do, here is a list of tips, courtesy of the AVA.
In addition to the above, also make sure you keep an eye on your pets and be on the lookout for signs of possible heat stroke, such as lethargy, panting, vomiting, drooling, diarrhoea and fatigue. If in any doubt, see your vet.
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