Keep Pets Safe During Summer

Here are our top tips on how to keep your pets safe and cool during the hot summer period.

All animals can suffer from heatstroke if not given the best abilities to stay cool. However,  brachycephalic breeds and smaller animals along with elderly, overweight or pets with heart and lung conditions are more susceptible to this potentially fatal condition. See below the signs of what to look out for if you suspect your pet may be suffering heatstroke.

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea, with or without blood
  • Weakness
  • Incoordination or stumbling
  • Sudden collapse
  • Seizures

How to prevent heatstroke:

  • Keep your pet indoors whenever possible
  • If you can't bring them inside, ensure to provide adequate shade and a cool area for your pet to escape the heat
  • Provide cool and clean water with extra water in case a water bowl is spilled or finished
  • Exercise early in the morning or after the sun has gone down when the weather is cooler. Don’t exercise during the afternoon when the day is at its hottest.
  • Never leave your pet in the car. Even with the windows open cars become incredibly hot.

See below some fun and friendly ways to help keep your pet cool and enriched during summer:

  • Fill a clamshell pool with cool water and place some fun treats and toys in there to encourage them to cool down.
  • Use cooling mats
  • Make fun frozen enrichment treats to exercise their brain
  • Keep on top of your pets grooming to help them regulate their body temperature
  • Don’t forget sunscreen for pets with lighter skin colours

Here is a fun frozen recipe for you to try at home:

  • Grab an enrichment toy like a kong or licki mat
  • Blend yoghurt or kefir with some frozen banana or strawberries
  • Fill the enrichment toy and freeze overnight
  • Now your pet has a fun enrichment popsicle to enjoy and keep them cool

If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke please contact your local AdelaideVet clinic immediately. 

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