With a heatwave affecting large parts of the country, it's time to find ways to bring some relief to pets and wildlife that are all too quickly overwhelmed by the conditions.
So here are some quick and easy ways to make a difference...
Water is a huge part of heatwave help. And it's in no small way due to the fact pets and wildlife don't sweat like we do. They rely on drinking water and then relying on evaporation or blood circulation to turn on that internal air-conditioner.
So, a bowl or trough of water will always be welcomed by pets and wildlife. But that water should also be in the shade. If it's already super-heated, there's not a lot of refreshment there...
But here's a guide to getting pets, wildlife and even insects through the heat...
For DOGS and CATS
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: Wet down a normal bath towel, wring out until no more drops of water appear. Take this damp (not wet) towel, roll it up and place it in the freezer to get cold. Once ready, unroll the towel and place it on the floor where your dog normally like to 'chill'.
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 today. And that's pretty cool.