Pets fighting Outback heat

20 Nov, 2012 08:39 AM
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MOST of us are already desperately trying to keep cool this summer - but remember to spare a thought for our four-legged friends too.

With the mercury pushing 40 degrees regularly in the North West, household pets are at risk of becoming a victim of the searing heat.

But it's nothing a few treats and a bit of care can't contain to guard against serious illness or even death.

Mount Isa veterinarian Roobiny Sivananthan said there were a few essential things to provide for your pet when the temperature rises.

"It's always important that animals have multiple sources of water and even provide them with frozen blocks of water," she said.

Ms Sivananthan said pets always needed plenty of shade too, and if left outside should have access to shady areas and several bowls of water in case one got tipped over.

"Clam shell pools are becoming popular and it's a great idea, not only is it a paddling pool for pets, but a large source of water for them too," she said.

Ms Sivananthan recommended pet owners avoid the midday sun and keep walks or play sessions to early mornings and late afternoons when it is cooler, get animals clipped to keep them cool and also look for signs of heat stress which can include heavy panting and lethargy.

"If you are ever concerned, just call the clinic and ask for advice... we have a lot of handy hints to help these situations," Ms Sivananthan said.

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