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

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 rise again this weekend, the charity is reminding dog owners to not leave their pets in cars, conservatories or caravans while they enjoy the sunshine.

All too often, owners make the mistake of thinking that it is sufficient to leave a bowl of water or a window open for their pet, but the charity warns this is not enough to protect pets from heatstroke, which can have fatal consequences.

Already this year, the RSPCA has been inundated with more than 1,400 calls from members of the public concerned about how a total of 1,911 dogs were coping in the hot weather.

Last year, the charity was contacted more than 4,670 times about 6,365 dogs being left in cars – this peaked in July when we took more than 1,100 calls voicing concerns about 1,545 dogs.

The society is hoping not to see a repeat of the tragic fatalities witnessed year after year when dogs are literally cooked alive. Last June, two dogs died a horrific death after being left in a police car in Nottingham on one of the hottest days of the year.

During the Appleby Horse Hair in 2009, two dogs were literally cooked alive inside a car. The dogs’ body temperatures were so high that they exceeded the maximum thermometer reading of 42°C (108°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.”

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

The charity advises any owners who fear their dog may be suffering from heat stroke to act with great urgency. Pets should be moved to a cooler spot straight away before ringing your vet for advice immediately.

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