With a significant heatwave sweeping across large parts of the country, here are some tips to lower the temperatures of all members of the animal community. Let’s leave no-one out of this!
For DOGS, CATS and other FURRIES:
Bring them inside. A cool floor is often the most effective way of sucking heat out of their body. A fan (and air conditioning) will also help circulate cool air through their coat.
Best Tip: Freeze a half full bowl of water and then pour fresh water over it during the day. Iced water...doggy style. A cold damp towel from the fridge (or freezer) is also the best pet bed ever!
Being inside also frees up your outdoor space for some wildlife watering.
Flat dishes of water at ground level AND in the shade are lifesavers. Wallabies, roos, echidnas and lizards will be able to rehydrate here. Birds, will also cool off and drink here as well as in elevated bird baths.
DON’T FORGET the BEES!
Heatwaves can also kill huge numbers of insects. Putting rocks or even corks in outdoor water bowls allow insects to land and refuel safely.
Take on these small tips and chances are you’ll save a life this weekend. That’s always a cool thought.