Never leave your pet in a parked car! On a warm day temperature inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels causing organ damage and even death.

Watch out for grass seeds! Foxtail grasses can embed in eyes, ears, noses, paws and skin and often require surgical removal. Check your pet thoroughly after being outdoors especially if they have been in long grass.

Have a “pet safe” BBQ! Don’t share your BBQ food. Your scraps and fatty leftovers can cause pancreatitis which may lead to abdominal pain or even death. Corn on the cob and meat skewers are also a big no-no because they can lodge in a dogs intestine and need surgical removal. Watch also where you throw waste BBQ juices and fat wastes, don’t discard on indigestible materials like gravel that your dog may be tempted to eat Be aware that Christmas and holiday treats like chocolate, fruit mince pies and grapes are some of the foods that are toxic to dogs.

Be water wise! If you’re a boatie consider having your pet wear a life vest in a bright colour. Beware of currents or riptides. If your dog gets into trouble in one of these whether swimming or caught in a wave while fetching a ball they can be swept out to sea in minutes. The same goes for the current in a river as well.

Provide water and shade! Anytime your pet is outside make sure they have protection from the heat and sun and plenty of water. Trees or tarpaulins are ideal.

Use pet-friendly sunscreen! Skin Cancer is common in cats and dogs. Fur provides some protection from sun but noses and ears and bellies have sparse hair and need a special pet sunscreen applied every 3 to 4 hours. Try to keep pets out of the sun in the middle of the day.

Limit Exercise on Hot days! Exercise Dogs in the early morning or in the evening hours. Footpaths and roads get very hot and can burn your pet’s paws so walk dogs on the grass. Place your hand on the footpath if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.

Always carry water with you to stop your dog from dehydrating.