With La Niña hitting Aussie shores, we can expect more rain, storms and windy conditions this summer season – making it different to your typical hot summer. It’s not just humans that are impacted by these unusual conditions, pets are too.
RSPCA NSW Senior Manager of Outreach Programs, Dr Ann-Margret Withers, has put together the ultimate guide to keep your furry companions comfortable and safe this summer.
What to do during thunderstorms
Keep an eye out for the weather report
Know if your pet has any noise phobias as a result of thunderstorms – symptoms include hiding, trembling or shaking, seeking comfort from family members, urinating, pacing, panting or barking
Go to your vet for a consultation for medication
Know your pet’s safe haven & ensure they have access to it should they need it so that they can feel secure. For some pets their safe haven could be; by your leg, a part of the house, on their bed
Ensure all gates are closed for outdoor pets as they may get scared and escape
Ensure you have your pet’s registration and all details are up to date for preventative measure incase your pet escapes
Ensure your pet is vaccinated so that they are protected from a range of illnesses and diseases such as Parvovirus
In the event of hot weather, RSPCA NSW have put together their top tips to cool down your four-legged friend.
Tips to cool down hot dogs and parched pets
Ensure access to shaded areas to protect your furry friend from the sun
Apply pet-friendly zinc to the ears and noses of pets prone to sunburn, including cats and dogs with white fur and pink noses
Always walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler – their foot pads can burn on hot surfaces such as cement and sand
Never leave your dog in the car, even with the windows down – temperatures in a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels even on mild days
Place ice cubes in their water bowl to keep water cool