Please be prepared and extremely careful with your pets during this heatwave.
I was at my vet's today picking up a rescue bub after his vetwork and a female dog was rushed in by her owners suffering heat stroke. She was unconscious and in critical condition.
Within moments a young woman rushed in with her pet ferret (who was her best friend) who was also suffering from heat stroke and unconscious. They worked franticly to save her but as i was leaving i heard the womans blood curdling screams and distress as she died in her arms.
Make sure your animals are inside with you (in aircon if you have it), have plenty of fresh cold water and add ice cubes, use wet towels and fans if you need to....just make sure they are with you, cool and well.
Snakes are also of enormous concern during this weather...I supervise all of the dogs while outside and site the yard beforehand.
Sadly i also have a long handled shovel at the back door just incase (i hate killing anything, but will for the kids and animals if i have to)
Bushfires are something to be thought of as well. Keeping your animals inside is the safest course of action if you need to escape a fire as they often panic and hide.
Please be careful and take good care...