Keep dogs hydrated in the summer months.
Keep dogs hydrated in the summer months. Boogich

Keep pets safe as temperatures soar

WITH December being Pet Hydration Awareness Month, it's important to put a focus on how you can best help your pets stay healthy and safe this summer season.

Dr Stephen Upton from Kingaroy Veterinary Surgery says pet dehydration has been a big issue in the past for the South Burnett.

"It'll be a big concern for this year's summer, too, and the main problem will be if the dog or cat is confined in a car if it has been out in the sun. That's when we see the worst of it,” he said.

PetSafe has conducted a survey and found that approximately 40 per cent of Australians don't know how to tell if their pets are dehydrated, relying only on panting as an indicator.

However, PetSafe Australia's spokeswoman says this isn't always accurate.

"Panting is a sign that a dog is hot or anxious; not necessarily dehydrated,” she said.

According to PetSafe statistics, dogs are made of 80 per cent water, 20 per cent higher than humans.

"Because of this, it is incredibly important for pet owners to understand dogs and cats need more water than we do, and this is especially important throughout the hot Summer months,” the spokeswoman said.

Sunken eyes, lethargy, loss of appetite, a dry mouth and depression are key signs to tell if your animal is feeling dehydrated.

Dr Upton believes pet dehydration is a dangerous concern, but feels it's also very avoidable.

"The main thing is just to make sure that there's plenty of water available, and to make sure that they're not confined in a room without access to water,” he said.

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