Pre­pare for pets as weather heats up

Euroa Gazette - - 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW -

though ul­ti­mately, the best pro­tec­tion is sun avoid­ance.

Strath­bo­gie Vet Clinic’s Dr Elise An­der­son also agreed that sun avoid­ance is im­por­tant and if pets are kept out­side to en­sure they have a shady spot to re­treat to.

Dr An­der­son also made note of cer­tain breeds like pugs and bull­dogs who of­ten suf­fer from reg­u­lar breath­ing dif­fi­culty, not­ing them as high risk dur­ing these hot­ter months.

“If you’re go­ing to take your dog for a walk try not to go in the peak hot pe­ri­ods,” Dr An­der­son said.

“This is par­tic­u­larly im- por­tant for those short nose breeds be­cause they don’t cope very well with the heat.

“If they can come in­side and sit on a shady ve­randa then that’s ideal.”

Spend­ing time in the wa­ter or in front of fan is an ef­fec­tive method of cool­ing hu­man’s down and Dr An­der­son said the same goes for your an­i­mals.

“Get­ting a small pad­dle pool is a great idea so they have the op­tion to cool off that way,” she said.

Dr An­der­son said signs of heat­stroke in dogs in­clude heavy dis­tressed pant­ing, vom­it­ing, shak­ing and in ex­treme cases col­laps­ing.

VicSwim is back: VicSwim will be­gin at the Vi­o­let Town pool Mon­day, Jan­uary 7 for Week 1 and Jan­uary 14 for Week 2.

Mon­day-Fri­day, 30 minute lessons start­ing at 9am, $30 for each week.

Book on­line at www.vicswim.com.au to en­rol.

Congratulations: To An­gela Holleran who has now been ap­pointed prin­ci­pal at Per­an­bin Pri­mary Col­lege.

V/Line Agency open: Our fabulous cor­ner store has now opened the V/Line Agency again.

Pizza at the footy club: On Jan­uary 11 for only $10 from 6pm. Bar will be open. New Store: The lease of the curry restau­rant build­ing in Cowslip Street has now been taken over by ‘Mon­key Busi­ness’ which will sell clothes and gifts.

Uluru ‘State­ment from the Heart’ guest speaker: Thomas Mayor, “State­ment from the Heart” work­ing group rep­re­sen­ta­tive will give an up­date on what’s hap­pen­ing.

Sun­day, 27 Jan­uary 2019, Vi­o­let Town Com­mu­nity Hall 2pm-4pm.

More in­for­ma­tion at https://www.face­book.com/Vi­o­let-Town-District-Recog­nise-Group-268841353978339

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