Your pet in all seasons

Your pet in all seasons

Weather in NSW is far from mild. From one extreme to the other, it's important to prepare for the worst and make sure your pet is ready for any weather situation. Read on to learn all about your pet and floods, heat and storms.

Riding the heat wave

Heat waves are dangerous for humans and pets. Here are some tips to keep your pet cool and safe throughout the hot season.

  • H2O – make sure your pets have access to plenty of water at all times.
  • Chill – if you have air conditioning, let your pets bask in its cool glory. If you don’t have A/C, then let your pet sit in front of the fan!
  • Wait to walk – feel free to do workouts with your pet during early morning or late evening.
  • Sunscreen – put some animal-friendly sunscreen onto your pooch. Zinc is great too!
  • Frosty bites – freeze a treat or some pet food in ice, and watch your pet get to work while cooling down.

Heat waves are dangerous for humans and pets. Here are some tips to keep your pet cool and safe throughout the hot season.


Storm safety

  • Make sure your pets are microchipped and registered with your current information. Unlike you, your pets can have a difficult time finding their way back home after accidentally running off - unless you’re navigationally challenged, of course!
  • Check the weather and bring your pet indoors before a storm.
  • If they are still scared inside the house, you can put them into a small, safe space like a laundry or bathroom. You being there with them is ideal, so c’mon, cuddle your baby! (Yes, even you Great Dane owners).
  • Because animals are often very sensitive to us, show calm behaviour and body language throughout the storm.
  • Consider getting a ThunderShirt.

Remember, if you’re concerned about your pet in any way, it’s best to check with a vet! Put your pet first - it’s best to have all your bases covered.


Pets and Floods

Before flooding occurs:

  • Have a current picture of your pet and a picture of you with your pet.
  • Vaccinate, microchip and register. Registration could determine whether or not you are reunited with your pet after being separated.

What to do during a flood warning:

  • Bring all small animals inside and, if possible, upstairs.
  • Move food, bedding and water to a safe and dry location.
  • Keep your portable pet carriers ready.
  • Put all documentation, such as vet’s details, microchip number, etc., in a sealed bag to take with you.
  • Perhaps take your animals to family or friends who live outside the flood risk area.


During a flood:

  • Remember, your pets are totally reliant on you during a flood, so don’t leave them behind.
  • Transport animals in suitable carriers or on appropriate harnesses/leashes (in cold weather, put a blanket over the carrier).
  • Take your pets’ food, water, bowls and bedding with you.
  • If you have absolutely no choice but to leave your pets behind, leave them shut inside an upstairs room with supplies of food and water.
  • Leave notices on external doors notifying that there are pets inside and to contact RSPCA NSW (1300 278 3589) or the SES (132 500) immediately.


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