The following basic advice is to help farmers, transporters, pet owners and others avoid problems.
Those who look after animals must avoid causing them unnecessary suffering (it’s a legal requirement), and must avoid subjecting them to conditions where this is likely to occur. It is an offence if the welfare of an animal is compromised as a result of a failure to take appropriate action in response to extremes of temperature.
Farmed animals should be provided with adequate shelter and protection in accordance with the law and welfare codes. In hot weather it is particularly important that animals have access to shade and water. Livestock keepers should inspect their animals often and take necessary action to correct any problems.
Those transporting animals, including agricultural animals, should avoid problems in hot weather. Things to consider include:
- factoring potential weather conditions into the planning of any journey (for example not loading or moving animals during the hottest parts of the day)
- improved ventilation of the vehicle
- increased space allowances
- providing water and electrolytes more frequently
- Protecting the welfare of pet dogs and cats during journeys - advice for owners on how to identify and avoid overheating in animals