Pets need to be kept cool in the heat

KEEPING COOL: Julie Seymour from TLC Grooming and Doggie Daycare gets a friendly greeting from George. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
KEEPING COOL: Julie Seymour from TLC Grooming and Doggie Daycare gets a friendly greeting from George. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Pet owners are being reminded they are not the only ones who will feel the heat when the mercury begins to climb.

The hot weather can have a massive effect on dogs, and CSU lecturer Martin Combs has warned against leaving them in hot cars.

Dr Combs said dogs do not sweat and were limited in their ability to cool themselves down.

“Dogs are vulnerable to heat stress, and some breeds are more vulnerable than others,” he said.

Canines with long or dense coats, like huskies or golden retrievers, were particularly vulnerable, as were short-faced dogs like King Charles cavalier spaniels, boxers and pugs, because of particular breathing issues, which could hamper their panting.

Dr Combs said in addition to being mindful of changes in weather and their dog’s breed, owners should consider the time of day they exercised their pet.

Julie Seymour of TLC Grooming and Doggie Daycare also suggests owner make sure their pets are groomed appropriately to avoid injuries caused by grass seeds

Glenfield Road Animal Shelter welfare officer Keli Stephens said stray pets can be reported to Wagga City Council on 1300 292 442, and suspected animal neglect to the RSPCA on 1300 278 358.

Glenfield Road Animal Shelter welfare officer Keli Stephens with one of the canine visitors at the shelter. Picture: Jody Lindbeck

Glenfield Road Animal Shelter welfare officer Keli Stephens with one of the canine visitors at the shelter. Picture: Jody Lindbeck