Pets need help to combat heat

Pets need help to combat heat

As Perth experiences its first day above 40 for almost a year people are reminded to help their pet combat the heat.

RSPCA WA Chief Executive David van Ooran said it just takes a bit of common sense to make sure your pet is safe and comfortable during summer.

“Just like us, pets need shade and shelter from the sun with plenty of water so they stay hydrated.

“Consider adding ice to water bowls so it remains cooler, freezing a block in a plastic container and adding it to the water bowl will do the trick and keep the water bowl in the shade.

“Consider the temperature before exercising your pet, check the pavement by placing your hand or bare foot on it and if it is too hot for you then don’t expect your dog to walk on it.

“The best time of the day for walks is dawn or dusk when the pavement is cooler so the pads on their paws won’t burn and the heat is less intense.

“Never leave your pet in the car on a hot day, as the temperature can raise rapidly and the result can be deadly even in very short time frames.

“And don’t be fooled, parking your car in shade is not a solution as it makes little difference in the temperature.

“You could lose your best mate in just six minutes! So if you are going out; simply leave your pet at home in a cool, shady location with plenty of water,” Mr van Ooran said.

“Remember, if it is not something you would do, enjoy or endure in the hot weather then don’t expect your pet to either.

FAST FACTS

  • Keep food and water fresh daily and keep it out of the sun
  • Ensure there is a cool area for your animal to retreat to on a hot day
  • Check over your animals every day, take notice of their condition. Keep an eye out for parasites such as fleas
  • Maintain regular vet checks
  • Modify exercise during summer and don’t exercise in the heat of day
  • Do not leave your pet in a car on a hot day

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