This is why you need to stop walking your dog in the heat
Dog owners are being warned not to let their pets suffer in the sun as temperatures soar in Cambridgeshire and a series of heatwaves are expected.
Experts say that while hot weather and the sunshine may be great news for humans, dogs and others pets it can uncomfortable and it can be detrimental to their health.
Heat can be deadly for animals in some cases and temperatures are set to hit the high 20s in Cambridgeshire this week.
Vets say that owners need to be extra vigilant when the weather is warm, according to Chronicle Live.
Excessive panting, anxious pacing or, in severe cases, collapsing or convulsing can be signs that your pet could be suffering from heat stroke and you should contact your vet immediately.
Vets expect to see an increase in the number of pets coming into its surgeries with heat-related symptoms and they are urging owners never to leave pets unattended in cars.
They are also warning owners to be cautious when having a barbecue, which can be dangerous to animals. Dogs should never be left unattended near a hot barbecue in case they jump up to steal food.
ver leave your pet unattended in the car, conservatory or outbuildings
Temperatures can rise to levels that can prove fatal. Opening a window, parking in the shade or leaving a bowl of water will not prevent heatstroke. Even leaving a pet for five minutes is long enough for it to be affected. Always take your dog out of the vehicle with you. Equally, conservatories or green houses can have the same effect when temperatures soar.
Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water
Just like humans, it is vital pets are well hydrated on hot days so ensure they have access to cool water and keep bowls topped up. Cats and dogs find it more difficult to regulate their temperature and are more likely to become dehydrated.
Watch for heat stroke
Excess panting, pacing and, in severe cases, collapsing or convulsing are signs your pet has heat stroke. Contact your vet immediately if you see these signs.
Avoid hot pavements when walking your dog
Pavements can become extremely hot and burn paws. Limping or licking feet could be signs of burnt paws. Walk pets at the coolest part of the day.
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