Keep your pets hy­drated dur­ing sum­mer months

Midweek Visiter - - The Rspca Column - with Paul Gib­son, South­port Branch Man­ager

THE count­down is now on with only six weeks to go un­til our Sum­mer Fair – I hope you have it listed in your diary, as this is go­ing to be an event not to be missed with lots of fun and games for the whole fam­ily.

We can’t for­get those four-legged friends ei­ther, as we will be holding our an­nual Fun Dog Show at this same event.

This in­cludes classes for the best six legs, most hand­some dog, pret­ti­est bitch and my per­sonal favourite, best res­cue, plus many more.

Dogs are wel­come to our Sum­mer Fair free of charge as usual and also new for this year, kids go free!

The en­try do­na­tion for each adult is £2, which prob­a­bly makes our Sum­mer Fair the most fam­ily af­ford­able event in the area.

Don’t for­get to get your hands on our raf­fle tick­ets, with the chance to win an Acer 10ins tablet or tick­ets to South­port Air Show and South­port Flower Show; you would be mad not to!

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from re­cep­tion at the animal cen­tre or new for this year, on­line.

Sim­ply do­nate £1 (per ticket) via our Just Giv­ing page to pur­chase your ticket at www.just­giv­­ing/sum­mer­fair­raf­fle. We wish every­one the best of luck. All money raised from the raf­fle and on the day will go di­rectly back into car­ing for the an­i­mals at the animal cen­tre.

Here at the animal cen­tre we have been en­joy­ing the hot weather re­cently, but some of the an­i­mals do strug­gle in the heat.

To help them keep cool, we have been mak­ing sure that all our dogs stay hy­drated.

In our pad­docked ar­eas we have put out small pad­dling pools for the dogs to play in, and on all our walks we take out wa­ter bot­tles so they have a drink.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber dogs can­not sweat like us hu­mans and they can get sun­burnt, so as re­spon­si­ble own­ers we must en­sure they are kept safe in the warmer weather es­pe­cially as we head into sum­mer.

On hot days we ad­vise dog own­ers to walk their dogs ei­ther first thing or later on in the evening, when the heat is not at its max­i­mum and the pave­ments are cooler for the dogs’ paws to walk on.

We also ad­vise that you take wa­ter out with you and keep your dog hy­drated.

Many shops sell clip-on wa­ter bot­tles and these are very handy as most have a lit­tle clip on bowl for the dog to use.

Also the na­tional RSPCA (0300 1234 999) re­ceive a lot of calls from worried mem­bers of the pub­lic about dogs who have been left in hot cars.

Un­for­tu­nately dogs have died due to be­ing left in hot ve­hi­cles.

The best ad­vice we can of­fer is to sim­ply leave your dog at home, where they will have more space to move around and will be much cooler.

Hav­ing the win­dow cracked open doesn’t pro­vide enough cool air for the dogs and they get hot very quickly.

If you do find a dog left in a car on a hot day and you are con­cerned, please look at the dog and con­sider whether they are show­ing any signs of heat­stroke?

Signs in­clude: pant­ing heavily, drool­ing ex­ces­sively, ap­pear­ing lethar­gic, drowsy or un­co­or­di­nated, ap­pear­ing to have vom­ited or even col­lapsed.

If you think any of the above ap­ply, then we ad­vise you ring 999 and re­port it to the po­lice.

The po­lice will come out and if they feel they need to get the dog out the car, they can and will do so.

To end this week’s ar­ti­cle I would like to talk about the cats – we seem to have a lot of black cats cur­rently look­ing for homes.

Black cats tend to take longer to be adopted then other colours.

We can’t un­der­stand why, as they are just as lovely.

Cur­rently we have Betty, Twiggy, Sooty, Bear, Ser­gio and Chico.

If you have room in your heart for a black cat, please con­sider one of ours.

We are open 11am-3.30pm for su­per­vised view­ings ev­ery day ex­cept Wed­nes­days, when we stay closed to the pub­lic.

If you have any ques­tions re­gard­ing any of our an­i­mals don’t hes­i­tate to ask.

Please view our cats and their in­for­ma­tion at www.rspca-south­

Above, Twiggy wants a new home

Left, Bear is an­other of our black cats who want to be taken in

Right, RSPCA branch man­ager Paul Gib­son at a pre­vi­ous fundraiser – it is six weeks to the next Sum­mer Fair

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