Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Help Pets Keep Their Cool; as Temperatures Begin to Soar, Vets Urge Owners to Take Care of Four-Legged Friends

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Help Pets Keep Their Cool; as Temperatures Begin to Soar, Vets Urge Owners to Take Care of Four-Legged Friends

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Byline: Kate Lemmon kate.lemmon@qt.com.au

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.

aKeep at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over,a Mr Beatty said. aIf 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.a

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

aThere are some simple techniques that can be used to prevent your pets from suffering from heat stroke and heat exhaustion,a Dr Straw said. …

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