Unfortunately as the weather gets hotter in Australia it puts a lot of people at risk of bushfires. All households should ensure they have a bushfire plan in place that will help keep everyone safe, including all pets and animals. Read on for advice on how to keep your dog safe during bushfire season.
- Always remember the safest option is to stay away from high risk bushfire areas on code red fire danger days.
- If you plan on leaving your property on high fire danger days then you should leave the night before or early in the morning.
- Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and wearing an identification tag at all times in case they go missing. Ensure all your contact details are up-to-date. To check contact National Pet Register on 1300 734 738.
- It is always safest to send your dog to low risk bushfire areas on code red days. Some places you might consider are boarding kennels, dog daycares, or a family/friend who lives in a safe area. It is best to relocate your dog the night before a high fire danger day. You should always ensure you arrange a possible carer well in advance, and always have a back-up of where you can bring your dog in case the first place falls through.
- Practice how you will move your dog to the car if you decide to leave, and decide beforehand who will be in charge of taking the dog.
- Find a neighbour who will be able to take your dog with them in case a bushfire breaks out while no-one is home.
- Never let your dog outside unsupervised on high fire danger days. Your dog may sense something is wrong and could become anxious and scared.
- Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day, this will cause them to overheat very quickly and can be life threatening.
- Ensure you keep your dog cool and comfortable, and that they have plenty of access to fresh water.
- Look out for signs of heat stress in your dog. Symptoms include excessive panting, salivating, rapid panting and vomiting. If you think your dog may be suffering from heat stress contact a vet.
What to include in your dog’s relocation kit:
–Adequate food and water to last a few days (dry food is best)
–Any medication your dog is taking at the time
–Dog’s medical history and proof of vaccination
–Vet’s contact details
–Crate or carrier
–Bedding, woollen blanket and towels
–Pet first aid kit
–Spare collar and lead
–Dog’s favourite toy
Ensure you have your dog’s relocation kit packed well in advance and always have it on hand during bushfire season.