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How to keep your pets safe in hot weather

The RSPCA has set out a number of tips to keep animals safe during the hot weather Credit: PA

Every summer, the RSPCA say they are often called out to concerns about the welfare of animals left out in the heat.

The charity has set out a number of tips to keep animals safe during the hot weather and has urged people to call 999 if they see a dog in distress in a hot car.

RSPCA have these tips for caring for animals during the summer:

  • Don't let your pet get sunburnt
  • Avoid leaving animals in cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans
  • Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water
  • Check every day for flystrike
  • Keep fish tanks out of direct sunlight and top up the water levels of ponds

When it comes to walking your dog, the RSPCA said:

Dogs need exercise, even when it's hot, however you should never exercise your dog excessively in hot weather.

Walking your dog in the morning or evening when it will not burn its paws on the pavement or be at increased risk of heatstroke.

– RSPCA