Just like us, our furry companions are at a huge risk during heatwaves and bushfires, and highly vulnerable to heat stress and heat stroke. Prepare a safety plan while also taking a few simple steps to keep them safe and comfortable.
- Have a bushfire survival plan that involves your pets.
- Prepare your bushfire survival plan by downloading a template from www.rfs.gov.au and find a quick check list here. Your safety is of course central to this plan! You can’t help anyone if you’re not safe.
- Pets, and especially large animals like horses take some extra logistical planning and time to move out of harm’s way. Make sure to keep up to date with fires as regularly as possible and think ahead. Ensure you have containment boxes and transport organised.
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Try to arrange a neighbour or pet sitter to check in on them.
Ideas to cool off your pets
Never leave your pets in the car
Car temperatures can soar to lethal levels in minutes.
Be careful with walking times
For dogs with sensitive eyesight (e.g. cataracts), consider dog sunglasses.
Watch out for heat stress
If your pet is highly lethargic, relentlessly panting, drooling, vomiting or collapsing, take them to a vet ASAP.