Keep dogs cool as heat increases
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.