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How to Keep Your Pets Happy and Healthy During Scorching Summer Weather

There's no better time for a shady beer garden date with your pooch.
By Libby Curran
December 22, 2019
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How to Keep Your Pets Happy and Healthy During Scorching Summer Weather

There's no better time for a shady beer garden date with your pooch.
By Libby Curran
December 22, 2019
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When the temperature gets extra sticky and you're sweating up a storm, just remember that your dog, cat, rabbit, bird, guinea pig or other pet critter is feeling it too. Only it's not quite as easy for your furry little friend to simply swing past the local pool or embrace the icy blast of the shopping centre. Thankfully, the experts at the RSPCA have shared a bunch of things you can do to help your pet beat the heat and stay happy on a scorching day.

Most importantly, you should make sure animals have access to shaded areas where they can escape the worst of the sun's bite, as well as to plenty of fresh water. It's a good idea to fill up a couple of extra water bowls — and you can even add some ice as long as your pet seems happy with the change of water temperature. A cheeky pet-friendly ice block made from pet food frozen into a container of water also works as a thirst-quenching treat.

Do you share your life with a pet of the smaller variety? You can pop a towel-wrapped ice brick inside your guinea pig or rabbit hutch. And, if you have a feathered pet, it'll appreciate a bird bath to splash around in.

With four-legged mates, bring them indoors to enjoy some shelter or air-conditioning where possible. Whether you're in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, what better excuse for a doggy date at your local dog-friendly cafe, pub, beer garden or favourite laidback front bar? For Melburnians, your bud might also enjoy a tour of Chapel Street's many dog-friendly shops and eateries.

As far as walkies are concerned, it's crucially important to avoid exercise during extreme weather or in the middle part of the day, so that pets can steer clear of heat stress and burnt paws. Instead, head out for your stroll or to a dog park either early in the morning or later in the day when temperatures are cooler. Taking your pupper to a dog-friendly beach or other swimming spot means that they can get two forms of exercise: walking and swimming. Sydney has plenty of parks and beaches to visit, while in Melbourne you can opt for parks, beaches or other watering holes around Victoria.

Also — although we're sure that responsible pet owners already know this — never, ever leave your pet unattended in a locked car. That warning still applies even if you leave the windows down or you're parked in the shade.

For further information about caring for your pets in the heat and avoiding heat stress, visit the RSPCA website.

Published on December 22, 2019 by Libby Curran

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