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Be mindful of animal welfare in heatwave

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Friday, 13. December 2019 - 10:00

Animal owners across the Perth metropolitan region are reminded to take steps to manage their animals under extended hot conditions.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Incident and Emergency Management Director Pamela I’Anson said the temperatures expected for the rest of the week were exceptionally hot for this time of year.

Forecasts for parts of regional WA are also usually high for this time of year.

“In these conditions, it is important to be mindful of our animals and how they are able to cope with the heat,” Ms I’Anson said.

“The high minimum temperatures make it more difficult for animals to cool down in the evenings and are therefore more susceptible to the heat the next day.”

Following these steps can help your animals cope with the hot conditions:

Make sure animals have access to ample fresh, cool water and shelter away from direct heat.

Be mindful that enclosed shelters such as sheds and barns may greatly increase in temperature.

Food left in the heat can spoil quickly, so avoid leaving perishable food outside.

Watch for signs of stress and illness and seek veterinary advice when concerned.

Reconsider the need to move or exercise animals during the heatwave and be mindful of the increased temperatures of ground surfaces and transport carriers.

Never leave animals unattended in vehicles.

Ms I’Anson said with the exceptionally hot and dry start to summer, animal owners should be alert for increased bushfire risk by visiting the website and staying informed.

“Panicked decision during an emergency can be dangerous so take the time to prepare for you and your animals now,” she said.

The department has information on preparing for animal welfare before emergencies available here.

RSPCA WA has more information about pet care in hot conditions on its website.


Media contact:

Jodie Thomson, DPIRD media liaison                       +61 (0)8 9368 3937