Heat Stress in Animals

It is vital that animals have constant access to both water and shade as heat stress can develop extremely quickly in hot weather during summer.

“Owners need to ensure their pets are kept safe, cool and hydrated to avoid a cruel death,” says RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad. “If dogs need to be kept outside a good idea is to leave a few bowls of cold water in the shade in case one gets knocked over," said Dr Awad.

RSPCA NSW and RSPCA supporters have offered the following 12 tips to help cool down pets this summer -

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, please call an RSPCA veterinary hospital or your local veterinarian.