Warm weather coming, and in some states like Queensland, coming quite early, are you and your pets Summer Ready?
There are some things that seem pretty obvious but still get forgotten about until a hot spell hits -others we just assume people know – sadly some are just not getting the message.
#1 How do we keep our pets cool in the warm weather?
Access to shade and plenty of cool, clean drinking water. A tip is to put ice blocks in the water-it takes a lot longer to melt and keeps that water cold a bit longer.
I tried this with the cats one day and they freaked out! Something was moving in their water. They wouldn’t go near the water despite being thirsty until those blocks were gone. It was at the height of summer so I needed to keep the water supply up.
Dogs tend to be amused by them and stick their paws in. This leads to another issue, big clumsy dog feet. Dogs love to play with water and often knock the bowl over in their fun and games. It’s a great idea to have a few bowls of clean fresh water so if one gets knocked over, there is still fresh water for them. Maybe invest in good solid bowls that will not topple over when those paws hit.
Ideally on very warm days keep your pets indoors.
#2 Protect from thunderstorms and fireworks
Summers often bring some mighty thunderstorms. Many pets are frightened of the storms and will do whatever they can to get away. This can result in escapes and lost pets. Sadly, some are that fearful they will just run and there are many accidents where they are hit by cars in an effort to escape the noise.
If there is a storm and you are home, bring your pets inside and away from where they can see lightening. Make sure there tags/collars are up to date with your details and if not already, microchip them. Make sure those details on the chip are up to date with the relevant registry.
Make sure your fences are escape proof- secure any gaps/holes and ensure gates lock properly.
There are new items out called Thunder Shirts. I don’t have them in stock as yet but can look to get them should there be a lot of interest.
#3 Don’t leave pets in hot cars – this is said over and over yet our motoring bodies and police still get callouts to rescue pets in distress in cars. Even five minutes in a hot car in a carpark can be dangerous for your dog/cat. Simple.. just don’t do it! If you have been out and have to stop at the shops, take your dog home and then shop. Is it worth your dog’s health/life to save a few minutes?
#4 Dogs love a walk – they just go nuts when they can go out however in the really hot weather it is best to hold off walking till the sun goes down or very early before the heat really intensifies.
Imagine walking on hot road in bare feet – ouch! That is what the dog feels on the pads of their feet. If you do walk in the sun ( sand can get awfully hot too!), please try and limit the amount of time your poor dog has to be on hot pavement/road and stick to the grass.
#5 Include your pets in your bushfire survival plan
Every family, especially those around bushland, should have a plan for fire evacuation – your pets will rely on you to get them sorted and out to safety. Our pets, kids and items like family photos and heirlooms are things that can’t be replaced. Check the CFA website for tips on how to set up your survival plan.
So keep your pets safe, happy and comfortable this coming summer season and they will reward you with love and laughter..
Pets really are the best!
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