Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier (Miniature) Association Of W.A.

Health and Information about Bullys


From: Publication: The West Australian;

Date: Jan 18, 2013;

Section: Habitat Liftout;

Page: 82

Written by Amanda Lewis


Summer pet care

We’re all sweating through this hot and sticky weather but spare a thought for your animal friends this summer. Here’s how to look after your pets when the temperature rises.
While humans can be sun-smart, keep themselves hydrated and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, pets are not always so lucky. So it is up to their owners to do the thinking for them during this particularly hot and busy time of year.

Here are some tips to keep your pet happy and healthy this summer.

Wembley Vet Hospital veterinarian Garry Edgar said that aside from providing plenty of water and shade, a good idea on really hot days was to spray pets with a spray bottle or give them a frozen water bottle wrapped in a towel to sit near to cool down.
He said high humidity could be just as dangerous as heat, especially for dogs.
A lot of dogs with heat stroke are admitted into our hospital on the first slightly cooler day after a hot spell because the cool change is often combined with an increase in humidity,” Dr Edgar said.

Noise and storms
Summer storms, fireworks and loud parties could be a scary time for pets, RSPCA WA chief executive David van Ooran said.
There have been reports of dogs injuring themselves by running on to the road and also jumping through glass windows to get away from the perceived threat (fireworks),” he said.
Other pets such as cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs should be kept indoors with somewhere dark and secure to hide if they need it.”
Dr Edgar said a meaty raw bone could be a welcome distraction. “But some dogs are a danger to themselves and are best medicated with what vets describe as ‘event drugs’ or an anti-anxiety pill,” he said.

Keep up flea control especially during the warmer months when fleas and mosquitoes are most active, according to Dr Edgar.
Good flea control with a monthly tablet or spot-on preparation from your vet will do the job,” he said. “Every pet’s circumstance is different so your vet will be able to tell you what you need.”

Pet owners might think they are doing the right thing by exercising their dog in summer but it could do more harm than good, according to RSPCA national president Lynne Bradshaw.
She said to avoid distressing your dog, it was best to steer clear of walking them on hot paths or roads as it could burn the pads on their paws, and to cut down on the time spent exercising, especially if it involved running. “Fitness-conscious people who run their dogs on their bicycles may think they are doing the right thing by exercising themselves and giving their dog a good run but this has the potential to result in the dog’s death,” she said.


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BT and BTM Association of WA Inc
Perth, WA, Australia
Phone : 94171640
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