Protect your pet in a bushfire

14 February 2017

For many Australians, bushfires and hot weather are a reality of the summer months.

While many people have a disaster survival plan in place, they don’t always include their pets. This can result in losing valuable time and making last minute decisions when a disaster occurs.

If the worst happens, having a plan in place for your pet will mean you can be prepared, act early and stay safe. Putting your disaster plan in action early to protect your pet, yourself and your family.

Cats, dogs, small animals, birds and horses have individual needs you will need to consider. Our free Disaster Packs include a complete checklist of emergency survival items and important information to prepare a disaster plan for your pet.

Being prepared for a disaster could save the lives of your pet, yourself and your family. In addition to preparing a disaster plan for your pet, it can be useful to be aware of the following precautions:

High temperatures

Australia's hot weather can affect the health and wellbeing of your pets. Take the following precautions to prevent heatstroke in your pet:

  • Ensure your pet has enough space and shade
  • If your pet is inside, increase airflow by opening windows or running a fan
  • Avoid moving or exercising your pet in very hot weather
  • Ensure your pet has enough water - like people, animals need to drink more water in hot weather

If your pet is suffering from heatstroke, cool it down slowly using a gentle hose, sprinkler or fan.


If you live in an area at risk from bushfires, follow your local council's guidance for your pet and yourself in a bushfire. They will advise you of where the closest evacuation centre is and whether it allows pets.

  • If you are moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid late evacuation
  • If you decide to stay at home when a warning is issued, take care to secure gates as your pet may run away if afraid
  • If possible, keep your pet in a quiet room inside the house, preferably with small or no windows. Provide food and plenty of water
  • On high risk days, take precautions for your pet before leaving home

Watch this video to find out more:


Being prepared for a disaster could save the lives of your pet, yourself and your family.