Summer is in full swing across Australia and at the time of writing, Melbourne has just experienced five days in a row over 30 degrees. The humidity is also high, making it even harder to cool down than usual. While we love our warm weather and sun-filled days by the beach, it’s also worth keeping in mind that just like us humans, our furry friends also need a break when the mercury rises.
If you’re feeling all hot and bothered under these balmy conditions, chances are your cat or dog is too. Which is why this month The Pets Hotel team are sharing handy tips to keep your pet cool during Summer, including signs of heat stress to watch out for. So, grab yourself an icy cold treat, a shaded spot and enjoy reading!
Signs of heat stress in pets: A silent killer
More than just an uncomfortable condition, heat stress (also known as ‘heat stroke’) can cause serious damage to your pets if left untreated. Affected animals will first show excitation, followed by loss of balance and seizures, as the blood vessels in their brain engorge. A coma can follow and heart failure is also common as many other changes in their internal organs occur. In the worst-case scenario, heat stress in cats and dogs can even be fatal. Common signs of heat stress in pets to look out for include:
First Aid: What to do if your pet is suffering from heat stress?
While the symptoms are distressing, heat stress can be treated effectively if you act fast. Emergency first aid is vital and begins by placing your pet out of the sun and heat into a cool room or bath, while you contact your nearest vet. Here’s those vital first aid tips in a nutshell:
Cool and comfortable: How to avoid heat stress in the first place
Thankfully, keeping your pets safe during Summer heatwaves and avoiding heat stress only requires a little common sense and preparation (a good reason to stay up to date with the latest weather forecast)! The RSPCA in particular offer the following handy tips that will have your furry friend feeling cool and comfortable:
Last but not least, don’t forget our cat and dog suites at The Pets Hotel in Port Melbourne and Country Club at Elcho Park, Lara. Both our addressees enjoy the very best in year-round climate control with plenty of fun activities to keep your cats and dogs cool, comfortable and well cared for during those hot summer days. Whether you just need to leave them for a few hours or overnight, our team are ready to care for your furry friends!
Hello to all our loyal customers and your furry friends! At the time of writing, Christmas is just over one week away, the weather is finally warming up and the tumultuous, challenging and tiring year that has been 2021 is almost coming to an end…
Most months, we share practical tips for keeping your furry friends (dogs and cats) happy and healthy (happy pet = happy owner). And with all the extra time they’ve spent by our side these past two years, we hope you’ve found the articles from our Pets Press Room helpful in some way. However, this month we’re turning the focus on ourselves as we look back on 2021 and preview some of the exciting things you can expect at The Pets Hotel (Port Melbourne) and The Pets Hotel Country Club (Lara) in 2022.
So while we’re busy looking after your fur babies, put your feet up, stay safe and have a well-deserved rest this Christmas. Let every day of the holiday season be one filled with joy for you and your family!
Keen to take a well-earned Summer break and leave your furry friends in the good hands of our professional cat and dog carers? Contact us at The Pets Hotel (Port Melbourne) on (03) 9646 3696 or The Pets Hotel Country Club (Lara) on (03) 5282 1286.