Summer Heat Tips

Family, Pets, Summer Pets

Don’t you just love summer!

We do here at Fur Life Vet. Spending time outdoors enjoying the sunshine, summer holidays, BBQ’s, camping, celebrating with family and friends and of course our pets! But as the mercury gets higher, so do the potential dangers for our pets.
We are all about healthy pets and happy lives so to help you and your pet really enjoy a super summer we have created some handy resources and tips in our Fur Life Vet Summer Pet Essentials guide.

Here are five red-hot dangers, along with tips to help you keep your beloved animal safe and happy during the summer months.

Water is essential to ensure your dog’s body operates optimally. The combination of hot weather and a lack of shade – or hot weather and a walk (even a short one) – can turn a happy dog into a parched pooch.

Here are 5 red-hot dangers, along with tips to keep your beloved pet safe and happy during the summer months.

Signs of doggo dehydration
  • Dry gums 
  • Excessive panting/drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Reduced skin elasticity (to work out if your dog has reduced skin elasticity, lightly pinch your dog’s skin. If it remains ‘pinched’, they might be dehydrated. Note: this doesn’t work so well for older dogs as like us, their skin loses its springiness as they age!) 

What to do

There are plenty of things you can do at home, on walks or when you’re on holiday trips to keep your best mate adequately hydrated.

At home, ensure they have: 

  • A constant supply of water – Is their bowl big enough to last a full day when you’re work?
  • A shady spot – one that remains in the shade all day

On walks and day/holiday car trips, take: 

  • Extra water and a collapsible bowl, or plastic container
  • Extra precautions (i.e. medication) if you have a car-sick pooch. Vomiting in hot weather can quickly lead to doggie dehydration 
Heat Stroke
If you’re out walking with your furry friend in hot weather, keep a close eye on them especially if they seem to be panting and/or drooling excessively, or refuse to walk further. Should this happen, they may be overheating. Left unchecked, this can quickly lead to an even more sinister condition – heatstroke.
Dog heatstroke occurs when they can no longer regulate their body temperature. It’s a really serious condition that can cause organ failure, seizures, brain damage and even death. Once your dog reaches this stage, quick medical attention is a must.
Dogs most at risk of heatstroke are puppies, big, furry or brachycephalic breeds, and overweight pooches. But it’s worth noting any dog is susceptible in hot weather.
Serious symptoms of dog heatstroke
  • Very heavy panting
  • Thick saliva
  • Limb weakness
  • Collapsing
  • Losing consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
What to do
If your dog shows signs of overheating (excessive panting, slowly down and/or refusing to walk further):
  1. Get them out of the sun
  2. Offer them water
  3. Use a damp towel or cool water to wet their body
If they don’t seem to be recovering and/or exhibit any of the more serious symptoms above, get them to the vet ASAP.
As with most things in life, prevention is always best. Follow these tips to help your best friend avoid heatstroke:
  1. Don’t leave them out in high temperatures – if you can’t, ensure they have proper shade
  2. Keep them hydrated with access to water at all times
  3. Be smart about when you take them for walkies – aim for coolest part of the day
  4. Watch them carefully when walking for signs of heat stress
  5. Never leave them in hot cars, even for a minute – a cracked window or parking in the shade does very little to reduce internal car temperature
Doggos can get sunburnt just like we do, particularly if they are pale-coloured or have thin hair. Their noses, ears and belly are particularly susceptible.
What to do
You can use sunscreen but it must be safe to ingest as it’s likely your dog will try to lick it off! There are specific dog sunscreens on the market for this purpose.
If you think your pooch has a case of sunburn, seek vet advice. 


Paw Burns
It’s easy to think your pooch’s paws are pretty tough, but they are actually very sensitive. Walking on hot pavements or sand can easily cause scorched paws. The general rule of thumb is: if it’s too hot for your bare feet, then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. 
What to do
  • Avoid going for walks in hot weather – wait for a cooler time, i.e. evenings 
  • Slip your shoes off and test the ground temperature
  • Take note of changes in terrain – it may mean a temperature shift
  • Walk in the shade
  • Carry your dog across hot sections if need be
Stings & Bites
Camping trips, swims at the beach or walks in the bush means your pet is exposed to a range of insects and other animals … and their bites (think snakes, spiders, ticks, fleas and even, jellyfish).  
What to do
  • Think carefully about where let your dog walk or swim to avoid accidental bites or stings
  • Watch your pooch when they go exploring (i.e. sticking their nose in a dark hole!)
  • Ensure your pet is fully protected with up-to-date vaccinations, parasite & tick control
  • If bitten, seek vet treatment


Other heat tips

  • Give them a summer hair cut (but make sure you leave enough to prevent sunburnt skin)
  • Don’t muzzle dogs in hot weather becuase they can’t pant effectively. Panting helps them cool down.
  • Let them have a run in the sprinkler (the bonus – the kids can join in too!)

How to enter

Simply share a photo on your Facebook page of your dog rugged up for winter or enjoying the winter sunshine and use the hashtag relevant to your state.

What you can win

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined prize. Each prize includes a winter pet pack to the value of $100.

Click on your state to reveal the hashtag you need to use to enter!

QLD Residents

Share a photo of your dog enjoying the winter sunshine or snoozing in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetQLD

VIC Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetVIC

NSW Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetNSW

TAS Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetTAS

Terms & Conditions

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these conditions. Entries must comply with these conditions to be valid.

Entry is open to Australian residents that meet the competition requirements outlined below during the Competition period 1 June 2022 – 31 August 2022. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoter and its agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.

To enter, each entrant must, during the Entry Period, upload a photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile) and use the hashtag corresponding to the state they are in (e.g. #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS).

Winner of the competition will be determined by:

  1. Appropriate photo uploaded (photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile)
  2. Relevant hashtag used (state residing in: #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS)
  3. Number of likes (photo with highest number of likes at end of competition period with all other criteria completed will win)

The competition will close for entries Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 12:00pm [AEST]. Failure to meet any of the competition requirements will deem entry invalid and will not be eligible to win.

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined.


Competition requirements:

Entrants must be a current client of a participating Apiam/Fur Life Vet clinic.

Entries must be received by the Promoter during the Entry Period. Entries received after 12:00pm [AEST] 31 August 2022 not be accepted.

The competition commences at 00:01 [AEST] on 01/06/2022 and closes at 12:00 [AEDT] 31/08/2022.

Queensland prize includes a pet pack to the value of $100.00.

Victorian, New South Wales, and Tasmanian prize includes two separate pet packs to the value of $100.00.

All taxes (excluding GST) which may be payable as a consequence of receiving a prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

The Prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash.

The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an entry or for inaccurate information or for any loss, damage or injury as a result of technical or telecommunications problems, including security breaches. If such problems arise, then the Promoter may modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the competition.

If the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The winner will be notified by email on or by 10/09/2022.

Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, images submitted, pets name, comment, and/or voice in the event that they are a winner in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this competition (including any outcome), as well as any other communications outside of this competition, and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter. If you are not willing for these uses or disclosures to occur you cannot participate in the competition.

Further, entrants agree that the Promoter has an unrestricted, irrevocable, transferable, divisible right and licence to use and modify their entry for the purposes of the Promoter’s business including for promotional purposes without the payment of any further fee or compensation.

If requested by the Promoter, the entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by the Promoter to give effect to this arrangement. To the extent permitted by law, entrants unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any act or omission that would otherwise infringe any moral rights in their entry. Entries remain the property of the Promoter. Details from entries will be collected and used for the purposes of conducting this competition (which may include disclosure to third parties for the purpose of processing and conducting the competition) and for promotional purposes surrounding this competition. By entering this competition entrants consent to the use of their information as described and agree that the Promoter may use this information, or disclose it to other organisations that may use it, in any media for future promotional purposes without any further reference or payment to the entrant.

By entering this competition, entrants consent for the Promoter to use entrant’s name, email address, phone number which entrants submitted to enter for the purposes of administering and operating the competition. Entry is conditional on the Promoter acquiring the aforementioned information. All personal information collected by the Promoter will be handled by the Promoter in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy (PRIVACY) Entrants have the right to access their personal information, request correction of any errors and/or obtain a copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy by contacting getvetchecked@furlifevet.com.au.

The Promoter is Apiam Animal Health Pty Limited (ACN: 604 961 024) at 27-33 Piper Lane East Bendigo, 3550, Victoria, Australia.

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