Heat Stroke and dehydration can be fatal for our pets. Due to this, we are getting behind ‘Pet Hydration Month’ this December to help pets enjoy the summer as much as you do.
The Australian summer is known for great days at the beach, cricket, and BBQs around the pool. However, when you start feeling the heat, know that your pets are feeling it more! In this article we are going to look at preventative measures we can take, and what to do if our pets are displaying the symptoms of heat exhaustion and dehydration.
The old cliché, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is very true when it comes to our pets and the summer heatwaves. With the hot weather, your pets could suffer from sunburn, heat stroke, dehydration and more. The effects from exposure to the heat can have a dramatic impact on your pet within just a few minutes. Unfortunately, it’s common for vets to see a large number of pets due to the heat of the summer months. Thankfully there are a number of things we can do to help our pets avoid this situation.
HYDRATION is the most important way to protect our pets against heat stroke! In the infographic on this page, you will see a guideline to the minimum requirements for daily water intake. Our bodies are about 60% water, and we are recommended to have at least 2 litres of water per day. Our pets are approximately 80% water, so their water requirements are proportionately a lot higher. Do you want to know how much water your pet needs, see our infographic below.
Fresh, clean water (preferably cool), needs to be readily available for our pets, particularly through summer. Drinkwell Pet Water Fountains have been designed by vets and experts to not only provide fresh, clean water but to also encourage our pets to drink. We are supporting Drinkwell’s “Pet Hydration Month” this December.
Other preventative measures include providing a cool, shady spot for pets to escape the sun and heat which is another necessity. Pets usually sleep through the hotter parts of the day, and need to be able to do so in a cool area. Feed your pets in the evening rather than in during the day. If you use wet food, place some small portions in the freezer, for frozen treats. You can also give pets ice cubes, or even add dry food to water and freeze. If you place ice cubes in their water, just observe them to ensure that they are not put off drinking by this. During the hot days avoid strenuous activity and exercise, in fact, wait at least a day or 2 after the heatwave before resuming these activities. Throughout the summer months, these types of activities should only be done in the cool parts of early morning or in the evening.
We need to be aware of the symptoms that indicate that the heat may be affecting our pets. The early signs to look out for include;
If your pet is showing any of these signs, take immediate action. Start by cooling your pet immediately. This can be easily achieved by soaking their coat in cool water (not icy freezing water). Do not place a wet towel over them, as the towel will trap the heat. Ensure there is a lot of airflow around your pet, using fans or air conditioning. This is especially important if you need to take the somewhere in the car. Encourage them to be drinking water.
Always seek veterinary advice when your pet is showing any of the above signs.
Never leave your pet in a car or the back of a ute! It only takes minutes for this situation to become fatal.
Here’s to a great summer and festive season for you and your pets.