How to help your pets beat the summer heat this year

HEAT exhaustion and dehydration can be challenging through the Australian summer for our pets. This summer could potentially be one of the hottest on record for Australia and being hydration savvy is now more vital to the health and well-being of your pet than ever.

During summer it is important to keep an eye out for signs of your pets heating up. For example, cats regulate their body temperature by sweating through their paws and dogs through panting.

If your pet is feeling the summer heat, here are five simple things you can do to help cool them down:

1. Lots of fresh water

    Pets need more water than we do so be sure to provide lots of fresh water.

2. Provide Shade or Air-Conditioning

    If you are away during the day ensure they have access to cooling shade all day.

3. Pool Playtime

    Supervised time in a child splash pool or using a damp towel to wipe down your pets is a great way to quickly cool them.

4. Freeze Treats

    Fill and freeze treat holders with water and dog-safe foods for an enriching summer treat.

5. No Daytime Walking

During the summertime change your routine to dawn or dusk walks to avoid the sun’s heat and burning bitumen.