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We asked Today show vet Dr Josie Gollan to share some helpful advice about how to keep your dogs and cats healthy and happy in the heat.
“Summer is now in full swing and this means an abundance of people out and about with their dogs enjoying our wonderful lifestyle. It is important, however, to remember that our furry companions can suffer in the heat and there are some crucial things do to keep them healthy and safe.
- Walk your dog in the cool of the morning or the evening.
- Always allow your pet access to fresh water. A good tip is to put out an extra bowl of frozen water to slowly thaw during the day.
- If possible, on really hot days leave your pet inside in air conditioning.
- If your dog lives outside, ensure they always have access to shade.
- Never leave your pet locked in a car.
- Take particular care with brachycephalic breeds. These are all the dogs with short noses such as pugs and bulldogs. These dogs are particularly susceptible to the heat, as they already have respiratory problems due to their anatomy.
- If you have a long-haired dog or cat, it may be a good idea to keep them clipped over summer.
The other thing that summer brings is regular trips to the beach and beach safety is an important message for pet owners. Not all breeds of dog are natural swimmers. So take care in particular with the brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed dogs). Dog life vests are a good idea for these breeds, not to mention very cute!
Try to discourage your dog from drinking the salt water and if your dog gets sand in their eyes, flush them out with copious amounts of water. Other summer nasties include ticks and fleas, so ensure your pet’s prevention is up to date.
These tips will make sure that both you and your pet have fun in the sun this summer.”
Connect with Dr Josie Gollan on Instagram @DrJosieGollan