A heatwave will continue to keep North Queensland feeling a lot warmer than usual for the rest of this week, but have you checked on your pets?
Animals will be feeling these conditions just as much as us, so here's how to manage your pet in a heat wave, and what to do if they're struggling.
How to manage:
Restrict their exercise and walk them only in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler
Never leave them in a hot car or room
Ensure they have water and a shaded spot to spend time
Spray them down with cool water
Signs that your pet has heat stroke:
Glassy/fearful expression in their eyes
Heavy panting or excessive drooling
Their gums/tongue are red or purple
Their legs are collapsing or they are staggering when walking
High body temperature
How to manage your pet if they have these signs:
Move them to a cool spot
Offer small amounts of water
Cool them down with a wet towel
Contact your vet
Breeds of dogs that are less tolerant of heat:
If you need more tips, catch up on how other Townsville people are keeping their pets cool!