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How to cool your pooch down when temps soar

With scorching temperatures, Darwin summers can be uncomfortable, not to mention dangerous for your four-legged friend. Follow our 5 tips for helping your dog stay happy and healthy when the heat is on.

#1 Limit Exercise on Hot Days

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Take your pooch on your daily walk, or run, in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day. It will be easier for your pet to breathe and the bitumen or pavement will be cooler on their paw pads. You should also take note of how your dog is behaving. For example, if you notice your dog lying on a tiled kitchen floor in the heat of the day it may be overheated and looking for relief on a cool surface.


#2 Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car

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Did you know that cars heat up to dangerous levels even on cool days? Never leave your dog in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Many people still believe it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day, if the windows are open or they park in the shade. However, within the hour a car can become as hot as an oven reaching 45+ degree temperatures. If you see a dog that has been left in a car, you should report the situation to the police.


#3 Take Your Dog For a Swim

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It’s the best time of year to take advantage of your swimming pool, so instead of walking your dog, why not go for a swim? Don’t have a pool? A kiddie’s inflatable pool is a cost-effective way to solve the problem! Or, set up the sprinklers while your dog has fun chasing a ball around in the backyard.


#4 Watch For Signs of Dehydration

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Did you know that dogs with darker coats absorb more heat than dogs with lighter coats? Different breeds have different needs when it comes to heat. However, you always need to make sure there is fresh, clean water available at all times. If you’re out on a walk, always carry a water bottle. Dogs also dissipate heat by panting — they pant more quickly trying to maintain a safe internal temperature, so this could be a warning sign that your dog is overheated.


#5 Provide Lots of Shade & Water

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If you do find yourself out with your furry friend in midday heat, always make sure there’s plenty of shade and water available at all times. If your dog is at home, a dog house does not provide shade as it absorbs heat and can therefore become a dangerous hot box.


If your dog is showing any signs of dehydration, head to your nearest vet ASAP. We’ve found a few on LocalSearch.


Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic

Established in 1985, this Darwin veterinary clinic was purpose-built to ensure the health and welfare of small pets, horses and farm animals. Using state-of the-art technology, their vets are able to provide thorough consultations and medical care in-house, including:

  • Vaccinations
  • Flea & tick control
  • Equine medical care

If your pet is due for a check-up, book an appointment with Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic today.


The Ark Animal Hospital

Specialising in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, The Ark Animal Hospital cares for creatures big and small. Whether it’s time for your dog’s next round of vaccinations or you just need to stock up on pet products, make The Ark Animal Hospital your first point of call.

This Darwin animal hospital also provides:

  • Sea turtle hospital & rehabilitation
  • Exotic pet care
  • Aboriginal community dog health services

Available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can rest easy knowing help is always available. Visit their LocalSearch profile for more information.


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