It is set to be another heavy day for firefighters in Queensland with more than 100 bushfires burning across the state, and hot conditions increasing the fire threat PIC Josh Bavas https://t.co/P9hnTXljka pic.twitter.com/aaSVk3GiuD
— ABC News (@abcnews) December 2, 2018
Just as humans can be affected by extreme temperatures, our pets may be vulnerable too – particularly cats and dogs. And while many of us welcome the opportunity for fun in the sun, it’s important to consider the impact that rising temperatures can have on your pet’s health. Particularly given the high temperatures so far this year – many November temperature records were broken by 2018’s soaring figures, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
“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 such as dogs and cats 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.
To help keep your furry friend cool, hydrated and enjoying their summer as much as you, here is a list of tips, courtesy of the AVA.
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All in all, owning a pet can be a wonderful time in your life. And if you need it, don’t fur-get to do your research and check out your pet insurance options.
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