We all love our kiwi summers but the long hot days can also present challenges and problems for our animals. Keep ahead of heat stress by following some simple tips.
- Avoid exercising your pet during the hottest hours of the day – choose to do small morning and evening walks instead. Take extra care for our flat-faced friends such as bulldogs or pugs.
- Have fresh water all year-round but even more when it’s hot outside. The “Thirsty Dog” Bottle is perfect for when you're on the go. The leak-free bottle makes it easy for your pooch to drink fresh water and stay hydrated.
- Put ice cubes in an indoor bowl or make large ice balls with balloons for your outdoor bowl.
- Half-fill a shallow easily accessible pool for your dog to bathe in.
- Dog ice blocks – not only are they entertaining but they can be a healthy treat! Make your own or grab a Billy & Margot tub from VetCare Grey Lynn. With flavours like honey and banana, apple or strawberry.
- Cooling mats can be very helpful for most animals, or stroking your pet with a damp cool cloth – focus on paws, bellies and outside of ears.
- Brush your cat regularly – matted fur is like having a permanent pink batt on you! If you have a long-haired pet it may be more sensible to give them a shave (keep a full inch to prevent from sunburn) get a professional to do this to avoid clipping their skin.
- For our white-tipped fur friends grab some sunblock from VetCare Grey Lynn. The Kiwi sun is relentless.
- Remember the 5-second rule – if the pavement/sand is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet's paws!
- NEVER leave your pet in the car – on a 30∞C day, the temperature inside your car can reach 39∞C in less than 5 minutes – even when in the shade and windows are open.
Dog’s only sweat small amounts through their paws and rely on panting to cool down. Know the signs of heatstroke:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive drooling
- Abnormal gum and tongue redness
- Thick/sticky saliva
- Glazed eyes
What to do?
- Move into a cool area
- Offer a small amount of lukewarm water
- Spray or soak with lukewarm water
- Take them to a vet ASAP
Author: VetCare Grey Lynn