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Keep your pets cool this summer


Townsville pet owners are being reminded to help keep their furry friends cool, calm and comfortable this summer.

As the weather heats up, Council is reminding locals that pets of all shapes and sizes need a way to escape the heat.

Councillor Maurie Soars says hot weather is equally as dangerous for animals as it is for humans.

“Pets at home need some extra help to beat the heat during summer, especially here in Townsville where temperatures soar and it becomes very humid,” Cr Soars says.

“An easy way to make your pet more comfortable at home during summer is by giving them tools to cool down during the day.

“This can include adding ice cubes to your pet’s water bowl, having damp towels for your pets to lie down on, and making sure that there are shaded spots for your pet to lounge in during the day.”

Cr Soars also says it's important to be mindful of when you take your dog for walk.

“Pick a cool time of the day to walk your dog, either in the early morning or around dusk," he says.

"This will help prevent your dog’s paws burning on the ground or your dog getting heat stroke."

Locals are also reminded never to leave their pets alone in the car with the windows closed.

Council's cool pet tips:
- Walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day. Remember if the bitumen burns your feet, it will burn paws
- Add ice cubes to their water bowl to keep the water cool
- Set up a paddling pool for your dog
- Put out damp towels for your pet to sleep on
- Avoid the car when it’s hot – and never leave your pet alone in it
- Make sure your pet has access to shade
- Make pet safe frozen treats for pets to lick
- Leave aircon or fan on for indoor pets
- Provide a shady spot to snooze in when they get too hot