With a taste of summer in Queensland, RSPCA Queensland is urging pet owners to keep their pets cool with ample shade and water.

The charity is already experiencing a spike in calls regarding pets in heat distress.

“People need to be aware of the dangers to their pets this time of year.

“Animals left in hot cars or tied up in backyards without shade and water can suffer heatstroke and even die in these hot conditions,” says RSPCA Inspector Ben Newman.

In October, RSPCA Queensland received 70 reports of animals left in vehicles from concerned members of the public, the charity expects this number to grow as the warmer weather continues.

The RSPCA’s Top Tips for Keeping Pets Cool:

  • Provide ample shade for your pets in the backyard and multiple water sources.
  • Never leave pets tethered in backyards – they can get tangled, leaving them unable to reach water and shade.
  • Keep pet playtime and daily walks to early morning and late afternoon. Avoid hot bitumen for doggy paw pads!
  • Never leave pets unattended in cars – cars turn into ovens within a matter of minutes.
  • Make sure dogs in utes have shade, water, and can’t burn their feet on hot trays.
  • Keep careful eye on brachycephalic (flat face) breeds as they are prone to overheating.
  • Make sure your livestock, hens and horses all have shade and water too.
  • Move small pet enclosures for birds, guinea pigs and fish, out of the direct sun.

You can also leave out containers of water to help native wildlife.

If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.