Australia's summer weather can often get humans hot under the collar, but have you considered how pets fare in the sun?
Make sure you take the time to ensure your beloved cat or dog keeps cool this summer. Your pets will love you for it!
It's vital that your garden design has at least one shady spot for your pets to recline in. A tree or shade cloth is ideal as it won't limit air flow. Doghouses may not provide the relief you think, as they can trap hot air inside, causing your animal to overheat.
If shade is at a minimum on your property, an outdoor umbrella may do the trick.
It's especially important for animals to remain hydrated during the summer months. Consider placing multiple water bowls around your property so your dog or cat has one handy wherever it roams.
Freeze bowls of water overnight so they defrost over the course of the day, giving your animal something cool to lick as the sun soars.
If you have the room and your city's water restrictions allow it, turn your sprinkler on at intervals throughout the day to allow your pets (and two-legged family member) to play underneath the cool spray.
Just because the weather is hot, it doesn't mean your dogs don't need exercising. The best way to tackle this task is to take them for walks and runs early in the morning or later at night, when the sun isn't out and the weather is cooler.
If you live near the beach, this is the perfect opportunity to allow your pooch to splash through the waves and cool off at the same time as exercising. Just make sure your local area is dog-friendly!