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Pet Heat Stroke Prevention

Outdoor Space

☐ Position pet home at south of your property

☐ Position pet home under/near shade of tree, vines, sail cloth etc

☐ Shrubs and/or grass create cool zones

Good choices + Insecticide: Rosemary, Lavender, Wormwood, Cooling: Succulents

☐ Provide water-soaked soil for pets to rest in

cools chickens’ skin when dust bathing and works as evaporative cooling for all animals

☐ Don’t position pet home near heat generators like air conditioners, pool pumps etc

☐ Put Sprinkler or misting sprayer near pet home, but avoid dousing cold water onto chickens, as it can cause shock


Transport

☐ Avoid purchasing or transporting when temps over 35°

☐ Provide drink water before transporting

☐ Create ventilation (cut outs in boxes)

☐ Keep air conditioner on in vehicle

☐ Don’t delay travel once pet is in vehicle, get petrol etc on way to pickup


Pet Homes

☐ Have good ratio of pet home space: pet size or flock size

☐ Home has insulating materials ie wood

☐ Home does not have heat conducting materials ie metal

☐ If home has metal roof, have insulation inside too

☐ Vent to exit animal heat

☐ Mesh in some areas allows cross ventilation

☐ Sleep area cross ventilation is rare (preferred)

☐ Light coloured panels/roof reflects away heat (preferred)


Food & Drink

☐ Give cold treats from the fridge ie melon

☐ Avoid corn

☐ Avoid wheat

☐ Add water to feed

☐ Put margarine container size ice blocks in their water

☐ Feed in cool of morning


Many animals don’t sweat through their skin, instead they pant.

This isn’t a reason for concern, it is their bodies way of coping.

Cool them to decrease their panting with the above methods.

If you own chickens and they pass out from heat exhaustion you

can gently open their beaks and slowly syringe water down

their throats, if done without much delay, it can revive them.

Enjoy keeping cool with your pets, dip their paws or claws in

cool water for a shared experience!