Protecting your dog from the heat

A dog in the backseat of a car Canberrans are urged to never leave their dog in a parked, unattended car.

Summer is here and we’re urging all Canberra pet owners to ensure their dogs stay healthy and comfortable in the heat.

There are a number of ways you can ensure your dog is safe throughout the warmer months:

  • Never leave your dog in a parked, unattended car. Even if you leave the windows down, your dog is still at risk of suffering heat exhaustion and even death. The best thing you can do is take your dog with you when you leave your car or leave them at home where they’ve got plenty of shade and water.
  • Take water with you when walking your dog; just like people, dogs need to stay hydrated.
  • Make sure you keep your dog under effective control at all times, whether on or off lead.
  • Be vigilant of snakes when walking your dog in urban open spaces in the warmer months.
  • If you are leaving your dog in the care of someone while you go on holidays, ensure the carer is familiar with your dog’s temperament, feeding and exercise requirements.
  • Boarding kennels provide a safe and secure environment for dogs and are a good option if you cannot find other suitable care arrangements.
  • Ensure your contact details are visible on the dog’s collar and, if you won’t be contactable when on holidays, update the identity tag with the detail of the person caring for your dog.
  • It is also compulsory to de-sex, microchip and register dogs in the ACT.

If you do see a dog left in a car, you should attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle in the first instance. If that is not possible, contact RSPCA ACT inspectors.

If RSPCA ACT inspectors are not immediately available or the animal is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, contact ACT Policing on 131 444.

For more information on responsible pet ownership visit www.tccs.act.gov.au