Tips to care for your doggies and moggies in Bushfire risk areas

Tips from the CFA

Decide if you will keep your pets with you or move them elsewhere during fire risk days. The safest place to be is away from high-risk bushfire areas.

  • If you choose to stay – confine your pets early inside a secure room, on a lead or in a carrier, clearly labelled with your contact details
  • Have wet towels and woollen blankets to cover and protect your pets
  • Have plenty of water for them to drink
  • Make sure your pet is micro-chipped and wearing an identification tag
  • Ensure all contact information is current
  • Link an emergency contact in a different suburb to your records
  • List where you could house your pets if you decide to leave early e.g. boarding kennel or a relative/friend’s place
  • Ask neighbours to protect your pets if you are not at home during a bushfire
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours to let them know your plans
  • Keep your bushfire relocation kit for pets within easy reach
  • Practise how you will move your pets if you leave. It takes longer than you think

Your Pet Bushfire Relocation Kit should include:

  • Food and water
  • A bowl for each pet
  • A second collar and lead
  • A carrier for cats and smaller pets
  • Bedding and a woollen blanket
  • A pet first-aid kit – seek your vet’s advice
  • Their favourite toy
  • Any medications, and details of what they are
  • Your pet’s medical history, including proof of vaccination
  • Your vet’s contact details

Warning signs of hyperthermia:

Heat stress in dogs and cats occurs when they are unable to maintain their normal body temperature. Warning signs are:

  • Excessive panting
  • If severe they will vomit
  • Salivating
  • Whining or agitation
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Tips for keeping pets cool

  • Fresh, cold water available at all times
  • Shade or bring them inside into a cool room
  • Wipe down with a cool, damp towel or leave wet towels out for them to lie on
  • A wading pool for your dog if it will use it
  • For cats, rub damp hands over their coat or tummy
  • Ice blocks in your pet’s water bowl
  • Ice in a pillow case and place it nearby
  • Have your dog clipped if their coat is long and thick
  • Never leave your pets in a vehicle on a hot day

Register your pet on the National Pet Register with its Microchip number

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