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Owning a Dog in Australia: Tips for Keeping Them Sun Safe

Australia is known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and outdoor adventures. For pet owners, this means plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun with their furry companions.

However, it also means taking extra precautions to protect dogs from the harsh Australian sun. Here are some tips for keeping your dog sun safe in Australia.

  1. Provide shade: Always make sure your dog has access to shade, especially during the hottest times of the day (usually between 10am and 4pm). This can be in the form of a shade cloth, umbrella, or even a tree.

  2. Offer plenty of water: Ensure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times, especially on hot days. Keep a water bottle and bowl on hand during outdoor activities and encourage your dog to drink regularly.

  3. Avoid hot pavement: Dogs can burn their paws on hot pavement, so it's best to avoid walking on hot surfaces or to walk during cooler parts of the day. Consider using dog boots or paw balm to protect their paws.

  4. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion: Signs of heat exhaustion in dogs include excessive panting, drooling, and lethargy. If you notice any of these symptoms, move your dog to a cooler area and offer water immediately.

  5. Use sunscreen: Dogs with short hair or lighter skin are particularly vulnerable to sunburn, so consider using a pet-specific sunscreen to protect their skin. Be sure to avoid sunscreens with zinc, as this can be toxic to dogs if ingested.

  6. Provide cover: Long-haired dogs can benefit from wearing a shirt or a light-colored, loose-fitting coat during hot weather to protect their skin and fur.

By following these tips, you can help keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and protected from the harsh Australian sun. With a little care and attention, you and your dog can enjoy many sun-filled days in Australia together.

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