How to keep pets safe and comfortable during a hot weather power outage

As near-record temperatures continue for the Austin in the region, fears of power outages due to high demand are growing.

Austin Animals Alive! says he contacted Austin Energy for advice on how to keep animals safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage.

According to Austin Energy, in the event of a temporary power outage, your pet will likely not be affected. If the outage is of significant duration and occurs during a period of extreme heat or cold, you will need to take steps to ensure the safety and comfort of your pets.

To ensure your pet’s safety, Austin Energy recommends the following:

  • During a hot weather outage, consider providing your pet with a bottle of frozen water to cool them down when the air conditioner is not available.
  • Provide continuous access to fresh, clean water to keep your pet fully hydrated.
  • If the room your pet usually resides in isn’t the coolest part of your home, consider moving their habitat as needed.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your pet which may include a portable carrier bag, a supply of fresh food, supplements and treats, water and food bowls, first aid supplies and toys.

APA! wants to remind pet owners in Austin to keep their pets away from aggressive elements as much as possible, especially between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle.

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