Our pets need to be able to escape the summer heat. Having access to shaded areas is vital. Other ways to help your pets keep cool is to freeze some treats in water, creating a treat ice block which they can enjoy, providing them cool water and treats. Cat & Dog Cooling Mats are a new way to give your pets somewhere cool to lie down and rest during the heat of the day. These mats are triggered to provide cooling relief when your pet hops onto the cooling dog bed (it is weight activated).
RSPCA has a new campaign to raise awareness in regards to leaving pets in cars – just 6 minutes is all it takes to harm your pet. Cars can reach a staggering 50oC in just a few minutes. For more information, check out the RSPCA's website www.justsixminutes.com.au
Another way to help cool your pets down if the summer heat is starting to hit them is the new range of Pet Cooling Vests. The vests are designed to help keep your pets body temperature at a nice, cool level. This is a great option for when hot days/heatwaves are predicted.
If you can’t leave the back of your hand comfortably on the surface for at least 5 seconds, it is TOO HOT for your pet. If you can only just bear the temperature on the back of your hand, limit your pets exposure to only what is necessary. If you feel the burn, so do they!
We can cool down quite effectively as the summer temperatures start to soar. Our pets don’t sweat (except for a minute amount through the pads on their feet), for the most part they pant to cool down. Panting is the exchange of warmer air from within their bodies for the cooler air outside their body. However, panting becomes less effective as air temperatures rise and become close to body temperature. This is why our pets cannot handle the summer heat as well as we do.
If there is a heatwave coming, stop all exercise and strenuous activity until it passes. If it’s a hot day, maybe skip exercise and walking that day, or at least move it to the cooler times of that day. Your pets need you to consider these factors.
Make sure you continue to have plenty of clean fresh water available for your pets.
Proportionately, our pets require far more water than we do to remain hydrated. It is vital that our pets have access to fresh, clean water all the time. The Drinkwell offer in this issue can assist with this (see below). This helps prevent heat stress and dehydration.
Summer is a great time of year where many of us enjoy the great outdoors, around BBQs, in the pool or down at the local beach or swimming hole. Make it just as enjoyable for your pets, and enjoy the rest of the season.