RSPCA launches Pet-Safe Summer Guide

Published on 6 December 2023

RSPCA Victoria has launched its guide to a Pet-Safe Summer; to ensure our furry friends stay cool as the mercury continues to climb.

Summer brings its own set of challenges for pets, from scorching footpaths, sudden thunderstorms, to creepy crawlies and impacts on food availability.

RSPCA Victoria’s Chief Veterinarian, Dr Bronwyn Oke, said there is a lot to look out for during the summer months.

“One of the deadliest things for our pets over summer is being left in hot cars,” Dr Oke said.

“It can take just minutes for your pet to die in a hot car, even with the windows cracked.

“It’s not just hot cars that can be deadly; heat stroke is another real concern for pets and can happen quickly if they don’t have access to a well-ventilated, shady area with plenty of fresh water at all times.

“Other things like taking dogs for walks on hot footpaths can potentially burn and injure their paw pads – a good test is checking the temperature of the footpath with the back of your hand, chances are if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.

“Some pets may also be more susceptible to skin cancers too, so they should stay out of the sun during peak hours to reduce their risk.”

Dr Oke explained it’s not just heat-related issues pet owners should watch out for.

“We all know thunderstorms can make our pets feel anxious, and we can get some impressive storms over the summer months,” Dr Oke said.

“Making sure you have quiet, safe spaces ready for your pets during a storm can make a big difference.

“It’s also things like tick bites and snake bites people should watch for when taking their pets out and about, and for those with livestock, getting prepared in case drought conditions affect your feed supplies.”

RSPCA Victoria’s guide to a Pet-Safe Summer is available online now with helpful tips and pointers to ensure our furry friends stay safe.

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