Don’t forget your pets this summer, NSW vet warns

SUMMER HEAT: Make sure you keep your pets safe, hydrated and cool over the hot festivae season.Summer is heating up, and most people are turning to the beach, pools, ice blocks and air conditioning.
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It’s important to remember that when you are getting hot you can grab a frozen Zooper Dooper out of the fridge to alleviate some of the sweat, but your loyal friends covered in fur don’t have exactly the same luxuries.

In a study run by PetSafe Australia, it was found that 39% of Australian’s are unaware of the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration in their pets.

COOL OFF: Make sure you keep your pets in the shade over the hot months of the year.

Doctor Claire Jones, a NSW veterinarian, has warned that this summer will be “one of the worst on record for Australia”, and that being smart about pet hydration is crucial over Christmas and the New Year period.

“Dehydration can indicate a serious underlying problem,” Dr Stevens said. “Often, however, the signs of dehydration are not obvious, so I suggest getting to the vet as soon as you can.”

“You can prevent dehydration by providing clean water at all times, and change it frequently to ensure freshness. Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s water bowl every day to prevent bacteria from forming. I tend to put a few bowls down to be sure they have enough.”

Dr Stevens also suggested investing in shade clothes, umbrellas or canopies, as many backyards do not have adequate shade during the hottest parts of the day.

“People might not realize but there is possibly long periods during the day your backyard might simply not provide anywhere cool and shady,” she said. “Avoid chaining a dog outside or keeping them in a hot back yard as this can preventing him from accessing his water bowl.”

“Just remember, make sure you monitor your dog’s water intake every day. If your dog is not drinking an adequate amount of water, seek veterinary advice.”

Information can also be found on thePetSafe website, in a Hydration Awareness Campaign infographic:petsafe.net/en-au/pet-hydration.

Steps to ensure your pet remains safe and hydrated during summer:

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