RSPCA NSW is urging all pet owners to keep their pets cool, hydrated, and safe this summer.
As temperatures across the state begin to rise, it is crucial pet owners make precautions for their pets to avoid potential heat stress, and fatalities, this summer.
Your pets cannot always cool themselves down, so as a responsible pet owner, it is your job to keep them cool during the hot summer months.
If possible, bring your pets indoors where there is shade, and possibly air-conditioning, to provide a cool environment to chill in. Do not under any circumstances leave pets unattended in locked cars, even if you are parked in shade or have the windows down.
If pets are to be outdoors during the heatwave, it is important to provide access to shaded areas to protect your pets from the sun. This can be done by Installing shade cloths and umbrellas in your backyard or by planting tall native flora in the garden.
Remember to apply pet-friendly zinc to the ears and noses of pets prone to sunburn, including cats and dogs with white fur and pink noses.
It is essential to ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water, which includes providing multiple sources for them to drink from in cool places out of the sun. Consider also providing bird baths for our domesticated and wild feathered friends to frolic and cool off in.