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Pet Safety Tips for Pets in the Summertime

Pet Safety Tips for Pets in the Summertime

As we gear up for the sunny days ahead, ensuring the safety of our beloved pets becomes paramount. In this blog post, we've compiled some essential "Pet Safety Tips for Pets in the Summertime" to help you and your furry friends make the most of the season while staying safe and happy. Let's dive in!

Be mindful of pets in hot weather as they can feel the heat much more than humans Especially: 

  1. Older pets
  2. Pets with thick coats
  3. Short noses
  4. Pets adapted to cooler climates

Pet Care in Hot Weather

  1. Provide ample clean water in two bowls, especially if outside.
  2. Ensure pets have shade.
  3. Keep pets in cool, well-ventilated areas. 
  4. Leave them at home during heatwaves.
  5. Never leave pets alone in a parked car, even with windows down. 
  6. Carry extra water for them.
  7. Use cooling measures like ice in water bowls, frozen containers in beds, and air conditioning.
  8. Protect pets from sunburn, clip long coats, and be aware of heat stroke signs.

Dog Owners:

  1. Use shallow water containers or hose dogs down on hot days.
  2. Freeze water with dog crunchies for a cooling treat.
  3. Use cooling products like bandanas, vests, coats, or blankets for dogs.
  4. Avoid forcing exercise in hot weather; walk dogs in the cooler morning or evening.

Cat Owners:

  1. If you have outdoor enclosures, keep cats indoors between 10 am and 2 pm (Qld).
  2. Provide a constant supply of cool water by leaving a tap dripping.
  3. Avoid overexertion and let cats sleep in cool areas.
  4. Explore cooling mats for cats.

Bird Owners:

  1. Install misting systems or use a hand mister for birds.
  2. Clean and cool the featherless area under a bird's wing.
  3. Change water frequently, use birdbaths, and bring birds inside on hot days.

Other Pets:

  1. Protect small pets like guinea pigs from hot metal cages.
  2. Avoid placing aquariums near windows to prevent overheating.
  3. Ensure your pets stay cool and comfortable in hot weather!


The sun can pose unique challenges for our pets, especially for those who may be more susceptible to the heat. Whether you have a senior pet, one with a thick coat, a short-nosed friend, or a companion accustomed to cooler climates, these guidelines offer a comprehensive approach to ensuring their well-being.

With these practical tips in mind, you and your four-legged friends can enjoy the summertime together, creating lasting memories while prioritising their health and happiness. Here's to the hot season filled with joy, safety, and plenty of tail wags and purrs!