Healthy living

Heat and your pets

Animals can also be affected by hot weather and suffer from heat-related illnesses.

To help your pet keep cool on hot days and during extreme heat:

  • bring your pets inside or make sure they have plenty of shelter and shade
  • make sure pets have plenty of clean fresh water to drink and that it is placed in the shade
  • never leave pets in a closed shed, garage or car
  • walk your dog early in the morning or later in the day, when the temperature has dropped and it is cooler
  • never walk your dog on hot pavements, road or sand – paws are sensitive and can burn easily
  • do not leave your pet’s food outside in the heat; if they do not eat it straight away, cover it and put it in the fridge for later.

If your pet is showing signs of heat stress, like drooling, panting or sweating:

  • move them to a cooler place
  • try to get them to drink water
  • stand your pet in water up to its belly
  • seek urgent medical attention for your pet from a vet.

Content thanks to SA Health, Government of South Australia.


Disaster Preparedness Management Unit

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