Looking after your pets

It’s important to make sure your pets are safe during hot weather and heatwaves. The below information is from NSW Health’s website.

Take the following steps to keep your animals safe in hot weather.

  • Leave your pet at home in a cool and well-ventilated area with clean water and shade. Fill at least 2 bowls with water in case one is knocked over. Where possible, leave the air-conditioning or fans on in the house.
  • Avoid exercising your pet in the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid walking your pet on hot surfaces. Check the heat of the ground you are walking on with the back of your hand.
  • Never leave pets unattended in a car — even when the car is in the shade and the windows are open.
  • Use sunscreen to protect hairless and light-coated animals from sunburn.
  • Clip pets with long or thick coats.

Know the signs of heat stroke in animals.

Heat stroke, extreme heat stress and dehydration can kill animals. Symptoms include:

  • rapid panting (birds may pant through open beaks)
  • lethargy
  • drooling
  • weakness
  • muscle tremors or collapsing
  • signs of mental confusion.

Contact the nearest vet immediately if your pet develops these signs or if you are concerned for its welfare. Do not transport animals in a hot car.