We love our furry family, so…

Let’s learn how to protect them! After all, we need them as much (or maybe more!) as they need us. Be sure to follow these easy to remember tips to ensure their safety in case of natural disasters.

In a heat wave, a good rule of thumb is if you need to be in an air conditioned environment, your pets probably do too.

Remember! Never leave your pets in a car, even if the windows are down and you’re parked in the shade.

How to protect your pet from a heat wave?

How do I know if my pet is affected by heat?

Key signs you should look for are changes in behaviour, disinterest in food and water, isolating themselves and heavy panting. If your pet is lethargic, relentlessly panting, drooling, vomiting or collapsing, get them to a vet ASAP

Which pets are most at risk?

All animals are at risk of heatstroke. However, some
animals have a higher chance of running into serious
problems, including brachycephalic dogs and
cats (‘squishy and flat-faced’ dogs like bulldog varieties,
pugs, Pekinese, and cats such as Persian and
Himalayans) and smaller pets.

Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible.

Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow.

A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.