Monto Veterinary Surgery veterinarian Courtney Scott checks over one of her patients.
Monto Veterinary Surgery veterinarian Courtney Scott checks over one of her patients. Contributed

How to keep your pets safe this summer

AS THE summer storms and heatwaves roll in, vets encourage pet owners to keep an extra eye on their furry friends.

Monto Veterinary Surgery said it was important to know how to care for your pets during these heatwaves.

Veterinarian Courtney Scott said owners should be vigilant and keep an eye on how much their pet is eating and drinking.

"If you notice anything abnormal let us know straight away because the earlier we can treat it the better,” she said.

There are lots of different ways to keep your pets cool.

"It's a big thing for dogs, because they are usually outside when we go to work,” Dr Scott said.

Dog owners should try freezing ice for them.

"Freeze some meat or veges or other things to make it nice and tasty for them and leave it on the lawn to chew and play with during the day,” Dr Scott said.

Dog owners could also consider leaving a pool of water for the dog to play in.

Cats are often left inside and the vet recommended leaving the air con on for them during a heatwave.

Vets commonly treat animals for heat stress, especially working dogs, and heat stroke over the summer.

Dr Scott encourages owners to look out for the warning signs such as the pet going off their food and panting a lot.

"If you notice them panting, lying around, not wanting to do a lot, drooling as well,” she said.

"We know dogs can't really sweat, so they get rid of their heat by panting and drooling.”

Owners should also make sure their pet's cages and runs are in the shade.

"Hosing down their cage, or the area where they are laying, that's a big thing as well,” Dr Scott said.

Even clipping long coats or leaving the sprinkler on low could help make the pet comfortable in the heat so they can keep cool during the day.

Over the summer, pet owners are also encouraged to be vigilant in checking for snakes.

"Definitely with the heat the snakes are out and about, just this week we treated five cases of snake bites,” Dr Scott said.

The vets are also treating a lot of animals in relation to rat bait toxicity poisoning.

Pet owners should be extra vigilant when there is storm activity predicted.

Dr Scott recommends owners make sure the pets are in a nice protected area like a garage, so they cannot escape.

"Some dogs will try and run away in a storm when they get they are scared,” she said.

Owners should try and keep the pet comfortable by letting the pet be near any beds or mats they like to sleep on.

"If you've got multiple pets, try keeping them together so they've got a bit of security,” Dr Scott said.

If possible, pet owners should try and be home or take their pets with them during storms.