Pets also at risk from heat

Animals need to be protected from heatstroke or heat stress that can be caused by a warm/hot, humid environment; lack of adequate ventilation/air flow; lack of shade; lack of drinking water; and exercise on a hot day.

Heatstroke is a very serious condition, which can lead to death.

Watch out for incessant panting, drooling, salivating, agitation, restlessness, very red or pale gums, bright red tongue, increased heart rate, breathing distress, vomiting, diarrhoea (possibly with blood), signs of mental confusion, delirium, dizziness, staggering, lethargy, weakness, muscle tremors, seizures, collapsing and lying down, little to no urine production or coma.

You can help to prevent heatstroke by providing a cool, shaded area with good ventilation and air flow.

Provide lots of clean water.

Bring animals indoors on hot, humid days if the indoor environment is cooler for the animal.

Small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, rats and mice require clean, fresh drinking water at all times.

On very hot days you may need to bring them indoors.

Do not exercise animals in hot, humid conditions. On hot days, try to walk your dog very early in the morning or very late in the afternoon when it is cool.