Help your pets cope with thunderstorms and fireworks
Thunderstorms and fireworks are more common in summer and can be terrifying for pets, causing them to flee their homes in fear and become lost or injured.
If your pet has previously shown signs of fear or anxiety during storms or fireworks, make an appointment with your vet without delay. They’ll be able to suggest treatment options based on your pet’s individual needs.
Remember to make sure your pet’s identification – including microchip – are up to date. This will give you the best chance of being reunited if they go missing.
Snakes are more active in the warmer months, with Tiger and Brown snakes the main venomous snakes in Melbourne.
To reduce the risk of a snake bite, keep the grass short in your yard. When out walking, keep your dog on lead and out of long grass.
Signs of a snake bite include:
Blood in urine
Frothing at the mouth
If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake, immediately take them to your vet or nearest emergency vet.
Prepare for bushfires
Bushland, grassland and coastal scrub are especially prone to fires during summer. No matter what area we live in – city, suburban, coastal or rural – fires can affect us all.
Prepare your bushfire survival plan as soon as possible. Be sure to include your pets in these plans – they rely on you for care and protection. Visit the CFA website for information on how to keep your pets safe this fire season.
Help heat-stressed wildlife
Hot weather can be fatal for our native wildlife. If you’re lucky enough to share your property with wildlife, there are things you can do to help keep them cool and prevent heat stress. Visit the Wildlife Victoria website for tips.