You've all heard the news, it's going to be a VERY hot summer.
In this article from the Moreton Bay Regional Council we're given reminders on how to keep ourselves safe from heatstroke through the oncoming heatwave in Queensland.
But what about our beloved Pets?
Bec Lil from Petbarn North Lakes has kindly provided the North Lakes community with some important tips on 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, 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 Bec, Petbarn North Lakes 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 its not easy to keep your pets away from the summer heat, there are some simple ways to help keep pets safe in summer. Petbarn North Lakes provides North Lakes pet owners with the following top tips.
If in doubt, do what I do and give little kitty a quick and light cold shower to cool down the body temperature. She's not too fond of it but it sure helps to cool her body temperature down when I'm not so sure if she's been drinking enough water. (Please note: this is my personal tip only, it is not confirmed whether Bec or the Petbarn team endorse this technique.)
It is also recommended to be prepared before the heatwave hits by purchasing items that help keep pets cool like water fountains, sunscreen, cooling mats and more.