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Help pets keep their cool

THAT’S NICE: Diesel from the AWLQ is able to keep the rising temperature at bay with a soothing outdoor shower.
THAT’S NICE: Diesel from the AWLQ is able to keep the rising temperature at bay with a soothing outdoor shower. Rob Williams

AS IPSWICH braces to hit a scorching 37 degrees next week,, don't forget to think of your four-legged friend sweltering outside.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said animals left in the backyard must also be able to access shelter and water and warned that owners need to be aware of the dangers.

"Keep at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over," Mr Beatty said. "If your pet has no shade or water it will die. If a dog is suffering from heat stress it's imperative to get its temperature down as quickly as possible. Hose them with water and place ice packs on their head and stomach."

Queensland animal hospital BVSC founder Dr Rod Straw said even everyday activities could cause significant stress on animals during periods of extreme heat.

"There are some simple techniques that can be used to prevent your pets from suffering from heat stroke and heat exhaustion," Dr Straw said. "Never leave animals locked in a car, even with the windows down. Exercise animals during the cooler times of the day. Always carry water and a foldable water bowl when on walks and hikes with your dog and clip animals with long, thick coats.

"Put non-zinc containing sunscreen on your animal's nose as it's very susceptible to sunburn. Most animals will lick this off so keeping out of the sun is still the best prevention."

Australian Veterinary Association spokesman David Neck urged owners to look out for signs such as lethargy, excessive panting, thickened saliva or breathing problems.

IPSWICH FORECAST

  • Today: Mostly fine, with a possible shower, 33 degrees
  • Tomorrow: Fine, 34 degrees
  • Saturday: Fine, mostly sunny, 35 degrees
  • Sunday: Fine, mostly sunny, 36 degrees
  • Monday: Showers, 36 degrees
  • Tuesday: Showers, 37 degrees
  • Wednesday: Cooler, possible shower, 29 degrees

Source: bom.gov.au

Topics:  dehydration, heat stroke, pets, rspca queensland, weather




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