Summer tips for pet owners as weather warms up

CHILLI DOG: Chilli the daschund models some dog-size sunglasses, as vets warn owners to mitigate the risks of sun and heat to their pets. Photo: Peter Hardin 141117PHD109

CHILLI DOG: Chilli the daschund models some dog-size sunglasses, as vets warn owners to mitigate the risks of sun and heat to their pets. Photo: Peter Hardin 141117PHD109

IF IT’S too hot and sunny for you, it’s definitely too hot and sunny for them.

CHILLI DOG: Chilli the daschund models some dog-size sunglasses, as vets warn owners to mitigate the risks of sun and heat to their pets. Photo: Peter Hardin 141117PHD081

CHILLI DOG: Chilli the daschund models some dog-size sunglasses, as vets warn owners to mitigate the risks of sun and heat to their pets. Photo: Peter Hardin 141117PHD081

As the weather warms up, that’s the advice from Tamworth vet Stephanie Chaffey.

Some of the biggest risks to pets were overheating, hot surfaces and sunburn.

Greencross Vets South Tamworth’s Stephanie Chaffey with Chilli Jones. Photo: Peter Hardin 141117PHD025

Greencross Vets South Tamworth’s Stephanie Chaffey with Chilli Jones. Photo: Peter Hardin 141117PHD025

“Dogs don’t know when to stop running around, so often it’s up to their owners to tell them. [Walk them] in the morning or late in the evening … because they can overheat, but also because they can get burns on their little paws,” Dr Chaffey said.

“It’s important to remember that you should test the ground – and if it’s too hot for your hand, then it’s too hot for their little feet.”

Tummy-tanning or white-furred pets needed skin protection, which could include a rashie, sunglasses or even sunscreen – but not one with zinc oxide, which was toxic, Dr Chaffey said.