Looking after your pets

It’s important to make sure your pets are safe during hot weather and heatwaves.

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.