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RSPCA receive a surge in calls about pets overheating

Dogs may have blisters or redness on their paws or refuse to walk in the hot weather. Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

As the UK is gripped by sweltering weather, dog owners are being urged to avoid exercising their pets during the hottest parts of the day.

The RSPCA have reported that they have received more than 1,800 calls so far this July.

The charity are now asking owners to be extra careful as many animals do not realise when they are becoming too hot.

The RSPCA recommends animals always have access to shade and drinking water. Credit: Yui Mok/PA

During hot weather pets are at risk of heatstroke and last year 7,199 calls were made to the RSPCA about dogs suffering in the warmth.

When temperatures reached over 30C last month, the charity reported that they received around one call every eight minutes. Pets may have signs of burned paw pads with visible blisters and redness and owners should be wary if their pet is limping or refusing to walk.

How do you keep your pets cool?

The RSPCA advice during the hot weather includes:

  • Never leave pets unattended in hot environments
  • Freeze water bowls before filling them to keep the liquid cool
  • Give pets damp towels to lie on, or let dogs lie in a paddling pool
  • Use pet-safe sun cream to protect animal skin
  • Ensure animals always have access to shade and drinking water
  • Only transport pets and farm animals when absolutely necessary
  • Keep fish tanks out of direct sunlight and top up water in ponds
Taking dogs to safe swimming places can allow them to cool down. Credit: RSPCA/ PA

Operational superintendent Lee Hopgood said: “There is a very serious side to keeping pets cool over summer as animals can suffer from heatstroke which could be fatal, especially if left in a hot car, conservatory or caravan.

“Pets may struggle to realise when they are too hot so make sure they have constant access to shade and don’t over exercise them in the heat.

“Remember if the pavement is too hot for your hand then it will be too hot for their paws.”