PET owners are being urged to keep their furry friends extra cool over the next few days as temperatures soar into the mid-30s across the Gold Coast.
With the Bureau of Meteorology warning of summer-like temperatures over the weekend, the RSPCA is pleading with pet owners to be aware of the dangers of heat stress.
Residents are being warned not to make the fatal mistake of leaving their dog in a car or tied up in the backyard.
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RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said temperatures inside a car can soar to a deadly 57 degrees in just 12 minutes on a 30-degree day.
“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die,” Mr Beatty said.
“If it’s thirty degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes.
“We tested a light coloured sedan and the temperature rose to 57 degrees in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside would have been dead.”
Mr Beatty also urged people against leaving their dogs tethered to a rope or chain during the hot weather.
“A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal,” he said.
“It’s far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won’t be necessary to tether the dog in the first place.
“We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”
Mr Beatty warned exercising dogs in the middle of the day can also be dangerous at this time of the year.
“They tend to overheat very quickly and once their temperature rises above forty degrees they can die,” he said.
“If a dog is suffering from heat stress it’s imperative to get its temperature down as quickly as possible.
“Hose them down with water and better still place ice packs on their head and stomach.
“It’s no good rushing them to the vet in a hot car because the chances are their temperature will continue to rise. Try to cool them down first.”
Temperatures are tipped to soar to 33 degrees on the beach on Sunday, and 34 on Monday.
It’ll be even hotter for suburbs away from the coast, with the mercury set to max out at 36 degrees in Nerang.