The warmer weather can be really stressful for our wildlife. After a few consecutive days of high temperatures, it is not uncommon for us to see wildlife suffering from heat stress and dehydration. Some animals can also suffer burnt feet from walking on hot tin roofs or even the pavement.
Birds, possums and koalas are often the ones commonly affected but thankfully there are a few things you can do at home to help them out.
Keep an eye out for animals that are:
– Weak and lethargic
– Come down to ground level searching for water (especially possums and koalas)
– Birds may open their beaks or hold their wings away from their body
How you can help our native furry and feathered friends?
– Provide containers of water around your garden at varying heights – try and put them in protected areas such as hidden under a bush so the animals feel safe. Don’t forget to place a stick or rock in the water so if an animal falls in they won’t drown
– Keep cats and dogs inside and supervised at all times to prevent them preying on vulnerable wildlife
If you come across an animal suffering from heat stress you should call Pet Doctors on 5576 0400 as soon as possible for advice. If it is safe to do so, we may recommend you bring the animal to us for care. You can also contact your local wildlife shelter.