Heatwave Advice from the Bondi Vet
Even hotter weather is predicted for Aussies today and over the weekend, so spare a thought for your four-legged friends in the heatwave.
Bondi Vet star and Purina Ambassador, Dr Lisa Chimes, explains how to best care for your dog who may be panting for your help.
1. Keep your dog hydrated:
Make sure your dog always has access to fresh and cool water.
“If their drinking bowl is outside, make sure it’s kept in a shady area. Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Overweight dogs are also at higher risk of dehydration.
“To help keep your dog cool and hydrated, Ruffs has just launched a refreshing new product called RUFFS ICE BONES. It’s an all-natural frozen treat that will definitely get your dog’s tail wagging,” said Dr Lisa.
2. Dogs cool from bottom up:
“On extremely hot days like today, many of you will be spraying your dogs with water. Make sure you spray the paws and stomach as this will help cool them down quickly. A cool wet towel is more effective when placed on the stomach of your pooch than when it’s laid on its coat,” she said.
3. No parking, please:
Never leave your pet in a parked car.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re getting milk or just picking up something up. As with babies, leaving an animal in the car is extremely dangerous and can have fatal consequences,” she warns.
4. Get a trim:
“A good fur cut can definitely help keep your dog cooler. Make sure not to trim all the way down to his skin, as this will leave your pet without protection from the sun,” she said.
5. Slap on the sunscreen:
Pets, just like humans, can get sunburnt, which can lead to skin cancer. If your pet has light coloured fur on the nose or ears they are more susceptible to skin cancer due to the light pigmentation of the skin.
“Wherever possible keep pets with light coloured noses, ears or eyelids inside during the hottest parts of the day (11am – 4pm), and apply pet sunscreen or zinc to their ears and nose to keep them protected if they do go outside. Make sure you re-apply regularly to maintain effectiveness, and keep away from human sunscreen as it can be toxic to pets. Pick up some pet friendly sunscreen at your local vet clinic or pet store,” advises Dr. Lisa.
6. Take a dip:
Don't have air conditioning? No problem!
“Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie pool. Or, check your local area for dog-friendly beaches and take your pooch for a swim,” she said.
7. Give them an icy treat:
Perfect for dogs in the hot weather, owners across Australia can now give their canine companions their very own icy snack: RUFFS ICE BONES. As the name suggests, ICE BONES are shaped like a bone and, unlike our human ice treats, have a delicious beef flavour that’s sure to get tails wagging in the heat. www.ruffs.com.au/ice-bones
“So, people and pooches, stay safe in the hot weather. I know my dogs, Nelson and Lucas, will be enjoying their RUFFS treat straight from the freezer. Phew!” said Dr Lisa Chimes.