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.
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.”