There are some unique needs when it comes to dog care during the hotter months in Australia. Here are some things to consider:
One type of tick, the paralysis tick, is a big problem right along the East Coast of Australia. Commonly found during spring and summer in Sydney and surrounds, and all year round in the warmer areas up north, the paralysis tick can pose major health risks to our pets.
If a tick attaches to a pet, it begins to release a paralysis toxin as it feeds. This toxin may cause pets to become very sick, and when left untreated, can result in paralysis and death.
The good news is there are some effective, readily available options for tick prevention. For dogs, this includes preventative topical treatments, tablets and collars. If you live in a tick prone area, it is also recommended to do a daily 5 minute tick search on your dog with your finger tips - from the tip of their nose to their tail, and everywhere in between.
If you are concerned about ticks and your pet, chat to your Veterinarian immediately.
Tip: if heading to a new destination always call the local Veterinarian ahead of time to see what you need to watch out for in the area.
Cooling off is thirsty work - dogs need easy access to cool or room temperature water to drink at all times. Dogs will need to drink more water on hot days than on cooler days, so ensure that multiple large water bowls are available and that they are kept out of the direct sun.
Contrary to popular belief - not all dogs know how to swim, although most can learn!
Start by gently exposing them to games in shallow water where they can stand, rewarding behaviour, and then when they are confident at that water depth, gradually increase the depth until they are actually swimming.
Gentle exposure lessens the chance of anxiety or negative associations with water.