Five things you should do to help your pet in a heatwave

Make sure your pets get plenty to drink on these hot days.
Make sure your pets get plenty to drink on these hot days. Adam Hourigan

WITH summer fast approaching, Petbarn Noosa is reminding local residents to take the right precautionary steps to protect their furry and feathered friends from the heat.

Matt Weier, Petbarn Noosa Store Manager stresses the importance of keeping pets cool in the summer and warns of the serious health concerns that can develop if pets are left in the heat.

"Summer is a great time for pets, with walks in the park and on the beach ideal, however the harsh summer heat can prove to be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of our furry friends if pet owners aren't prepared,” said Matt, Petbarn Noosa Store Manager.

"Just like us, household pets including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and ferrets are at risk of developing heatstroke and dehydration if their temperature is not monitored and they don't stay hydrated.

While keeping your pet away from the summer heat isn't always easy, especially with Australia's hot climate, there are some simple ways to help keep pets safe in summer. Petbarn Noosa is providing Noosa pet owners with the following top tips.

1. Keep hydrated - Ensure your furry friend has constant access to multiple bowls of fresh water and a cool shady area to sit down, both inside and outside. On extra hot days, pop a couple of ice cubes into their bowl or freeze half or the bowl overnight to keep the water cooler for longer.

2. Avoid the hottest parts of the day - While exercise is important to keep you pet happy and healthy, we always recommend walking your pet either early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperature is lower. Be wary of exercising your pet on roads and pavements on really sunny days as the hot surface can damage paws.

3. Stay shaded - Noosa bird and fish owners are advised to ensure their pets are in a cool shady place away from direct sunlight on hot days. Spray bottles and bird baths can also help keep birds nice and cool.

4. Maintain your pet's coat - Booking your furry friend in for a groom, at the beginning of summer is a simple way to help them beat the heat and reduce their temperature, especially if they have long thick hair. Like humans, dogs are also susceptible to sunburn, so it's a good idea to pick up some pet friendly sunscreen to help keep their skin safe too.

5. Look out for signs of heatstroke - Heat stress can affect pets very quickly, therefore it's important to keep an eye out for the early signs of heatstroke including excessive panting, lethargy, salivation and vomiting. If you are concerned about your pets wellbeing, Petbarn recommends speaking to your vet immediately.

Petbarn Noosa offers a wide range of products that can help keep pets cool during summer including water fountains, sunscreen, cooling mats and more.

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