Summer Pet Safety Tips

SUN PROTECTION
Dogs that are white, light colour coated, pink skinned or hairless are susceptible to sunburn, so don’t forget the sunscreen.

PROVIDE SHADE
Prevent overheating by never leaving your dog in a car, and by seeking out shade whenever you can, or retreating to shady areas every 30 minutes or so.

PAW PROTECTION
Avoid hot surfaces such as the backs of utes, pavements, concrete, stone, metal and sand as these can cause burns and blisters. Dog boots are available to help with prevention.

STAY HYDRATED
Refill your dog’s water bowl more often than usual on hot days. You can also add ice cubes to the water.

PROVIDE RELIEF
With the use of purpose-made transportable gel Cooling Mats

COOLER HOURS
Exercise your dog in the early morning or late evening, as the intense midday heat and cause heatstroke.

WATCH FOR SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE
Keep a watchful eye out for these tell-tale signs: excessive panting, weakness, drooling, lethargy, incoordination, vomiting, dark red gums, rapid heart rate and seizures.

 

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