Take steps to ensure your pets don't suffer in the heat.
Take steps to ensure your pets don't suffer in the heat. David Nielsen

Tips for protecting pets as temperatures soar

THE Bureau of Meteorology warns the South Burnett is in for temperatures in the mid-30s today and tomorrow, and the RSPCA is urging residents to think of their pets in the heat.

The thermometer is predicted to reach 36 degrees Celcius today, and 35 tomorrow.

Kingaroy RSPCA animal attendant Wendy Stratford offered the following tips to help keep your pets cool in the heat.

"Clam shell pools are great," Ms Stratford said

"Animals often don't have access to a waterhole, so here, we put these pools in all their kennels. This is great to keep them cool and make sure they always have water when they need it.

"Some of our bigger dogs certainly don't fit inside these pools, and flop right out of them, but they still love it."

Ms Stratford said it was also important to also keep water bowls cool.

"Milk bottles are also great," she said.

"You can freeze them and put them in the animal's water bowls, or if they're smaller, you can freeze a smaller container.

"We give them frozen treats with their food sometimes too, and it's a great idea to lay damp towels on the ground."

Ms Stratford said it was quite easy to spot when animals needed to cool down.

"You've got to notice the signs," she said.

"The dog will be panting excessively when laying on the ground, and they'll seem generally unsettled.

"Their eyes might be dilated too. It's often commonsense, if you're hot, they're hot."

The heat can also be dangerous for your animal's paws.

"Concrete is a big issue in summer, where we see a lot of dogs with their paws being burnt," Ms Stratford said.

"If you put your hand out and find it's hot, it'll be hot for your dogs, too, and they're going to burn.

"If it's hot outside and you've got a fan or aircon inside, just bring them in.".

But the RSPCA wants pet owners to know the hot weather is not the only conern in summer for animals.

"Ticks are also a very big worry," Ms Stratford said.

"We see a lot of paralysis ticks, especially in Kingaroy, so I would definitely be keeping onto your tick treatments for that. Checking your animals daily is really good as well.

"Ticks are everywhere, and you can try to keep your lawns mowed and hope that'll work, but prevention treatments are the best option."

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