House Sitting Blog
02 Feb 2011
Tips to keep your pets happy in hot weather

Australian summers can get very hot. It’s very important to look after our pets so that they don’t overheat and stay safe and healthy. 

I’ve listed some facts and ideas to help you make sure your dogs and cats stay comfortable and happy.

  • Excessive panting and salivation is normal cooling down behavior for dogs and cats. Due to all this panting they need extra water so they don’t get dehydrated.
  • Some of the most common risk factors for heat stroke are old age, being overweight, heart disease, over exercising & the simple fact of having black fur.  Note also that some breeds with squashed-in faces, like pugs and boxers, are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke because of their small nasal passages that make it harder for them to pant.
  • Your pets need access to fresh water all the time. Make sure the water can’t be tipped over and put it somewhere in the shade so it doesn’t get too hot. Change it as often as you can.
  • Don’t leave your pet in the car. Cars overheat in no time and leaving your pet (or kid) inside can easily be fatal as their bodies tend to overheat much faster than those of adults' do. Leaving the window open a tiny bit does not help.
  • Make sure your pet has access to a shady area or a shelter that is not in direct sunlight. If you can, bring your dog inside in the middle of the day to escape the hottest hours.
  • If your pet stays inside in the air conditioning while you’re at work, make sure one of your neighbours who is usually around has a key.  Talk about what has to be done in case there is a power outage or a fire alert.
  • Regular fans are very popular with pets too. Although they are generally safe for little paws, your kittens may need surveillance as some very adventurous ones may want to try to poke the fan from the back.
  • Don’t let your pet run or exercise in the heat. If your pet is desperate for exercise despite the heat, switch the sprinkler on for a couple of minutes or get one of these plastic toddler pools and fill it with 2-3cm of water for some cooling fun. Don’t forget to change the pool water regularly and use a small (safe) amount of water only.
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice can make good outdoor toys. Fill a little bucket to play with, put some in the water bowl or in the toddler pool, etc.
  • Make sure your dog can’t get into your regular pool while you’re not there to supervise.
  • Comb / brush your pet daily and spoil them with extra bath time if they enjoy that.
  • Try to only walk your pet early in the morning or in the evening. Be aware that your pet has very sensitive paws and they can get burnt on asphalt or sand in the middle of the day.
  • If you take your pet outside during the day, don’t forget that your pet can get sun burnt. Noses and ear tips are very vulnerable and could do with some pet sun screen. Some pets will do anything to get the sun screen off and I can’t see a hat being a good alternative.
  • There’s a good choice of pet cooling products available, such as cooling vests, water beds, bandanas and much more. Your pet needs to be cooperative for them to be used successfully but it may be worth having a look at your local pet shop. Cheap DIY replacement products can be wet towels, wrapped ice packs etc.

If you have a pet related summer tip that you want to share with our Easy House Sitting Members, please email us at info@easyhousesitting.com

Hoping you and your loved ones can all stay cool enough this summer.

Nele

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2 Comments
It’s actually very iroinc to me that you chose this subject to blog about this week since I was just recently(within the past few days) watching a show on the discovery channel about animal cloning with my roommate. In this case, I do not see how cloning a pet would be of any benefit to the owner. I was going to bring this point up until I saw it in the article; the pet doesn’t look the same when it’s cloned. They don’t even have the same attitude necessarily. The only thing they really have are the same genetics which means they would not be allergic to certain things or not be at risk for diabetes and such things like that. To that, I have to say that’s what breeders are for. Even the best dogs from groomers are only a couple of thousand dollars which is nothing compared to the $155,000 this couple paid to have their dog cloned. Before my ex girlfriend and I broke up shortly after school began, we were looking very seriously into getting a puppy. She is in love with golden doodles, and that’s what I was going to get her. While it does take much time to research and talk to different breeders and talk to some of their past and reoccurring customers, I still feel the time spent doing this not only helps you to learn a little bit more about your pet, but it is still less than shelling out 155 grand. The breeder we were going to purchase from was located in Texas, and we planned to go down over this past winter break or the upcoming spring break. Even after travel costs, I still can’t make sense of cloning your dog. My family had a shih tzu from when I was 4 until we had it put down when I was 16. The dog absolutely loved me and I was obsessed with it. I took over all grooming duties and was the one to take the dog for walks and chase it around the yard. Our dog’s name was ‘Pumba’(like from the Lion King) and she slept in my room either on the floor or at the foot of my bed nearly every night. I was the last one to hold her, and I was the last person she ever licked(she was a pest when it came to that). Even though that dog may have known me better than any person on the planet and I spent more time with her than I have any friend, I can honestly say that even if I did have that much money I would probably find a good breeder and just get a new Pumba. Plus having a pet with a totally different personality than your last one is always exciting.
Posted by Iuri on Sat 05 Sep 2015 09:24:54
Review by J. Park for Rating: My puppies tore the foam bttoom of this bed open in less than two days. The problem is that the faux sheepskin cover just covers the side and top portions of the foam core. The bttoom is completely exposed and therefore turns into a chew toy for my two border collie puppies. Also, because the foam bttoom is bare to the ground, it will absorb water like a sponge. I haven't had a problem with another dog bed that I bought that is completely covered. The puppies can't get into it and its made of a higher quality material. My recommendation is to buy a completely covered bed with a zipper that you can unzip and wash.
Posted by Siderh on Wed 15 Aug 2012 00:02:00
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