Risks to Animals in Hot Weather

With unprecedented hot weather across Australia at the moment, we wanted to share some tips to minimise the risk to animals. All animals are at risk of exposure to the heat, particularly older animals.

Animals have a higher body temperature than people and they don’t cool down as efficiently as we do.

Symptoms of Overheating

  • Look out for panting as a sign they are trying to cool themselves down
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Dark red tongue or gums
  • Disorientation
  • Excessive drooling

Helping Animals in the Heat

1. Ensure that animals have cooler areas to take cover in.

2. Have more water available and place it in the shade. is website up expiration of domains Water in open areas can heat up very quickly and may burn the mouth as they try to drink.

3. Put ice cubes in the water to keep it cooler

4. If you have chooks cool water is absolutely imperative. If able run water over the roof to cool the environment

5. Watch for sunburn, particularly with horses

6. Flies are a major problem so keep a close watch on eyes for dogs, cats and horses. You can wash around the eyes a few times a day with salt water. gtservicing . Simply dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt to 500mls of water and wash around the eyes.

7. Scale back on any rigorous exercise.

What else do you do to keep your animals cool?