Keep dogs cool as heat in­creases

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

THE RSPCA is urg­ing pet own­ers to make sure their four-legged friends do not fraz­zle in the heat this sum­mer.

With tem­per­a­tures set to con­tinue to rise to 30C this week­end, the char­ity is re­mind­ing dog own­ers to not leave their pets in cars, con­ser­va­to­ries or car­a­vans while they en­joy the sun­shine.

The tem­per­a­ture in­side a car can soar to 47C (117°F) within 60 min­utes, even when the out­side tem­per­a­ture is just 22C (72°F).

RSPCA chief vet­eri­nary ad­vi­sor Mark Evans said: “If you leave your dog in a car, car­a­van or con­ser­va­tory dur­ing the sum­mer you are putting your much-loved pet at risk, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“Ev­ery year, we ask pet own­ers the same thing and re­mind them of the dangers posed but we still get thou­sands of calls from peo­ple who are concerned about an­i­mal wel­fare in the warm weather.”

Own­ers who fear their dog may be suf­fer­ing from heat stroke should move their pets to a cooler spot and call a vet im­me­di­ately.

It is il­le­gal to cause an an­i­mal un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing, penal­ties in­clude a fine of up to £20,000 and a six month cus­to­dial sen­tence.

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