Charity Dogs Trust has issued a warning to dog owners to think of their canine companions as temperatures soar.

Charity Dogs Trust has issued a warning to dog owners to think of their canine companions as temperatures soar.

Temperatures across the south-east and East Anglia are expected to hit 31 degrees over the weekend, as the good weather continues.

But the charity is warning owners that it is not good news for everyone, and unlike their human counterparts, dogs can not enjoy a refreshing iced beverage, nor appreciate the cool of a gentle breeze through light summer outerwear.

Chris Laurence, veterinary director of Dogs Trust, said: “While enjoying fun in the sun, please remember that dogs can suffer from the same problems that humans do, including overexposure to the sun, overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. I urge dog owners to keep their hounds happy this summer by following Dogs Trust’s advisory points.”

* NEVER leave your dog in the car, as this can lead to quick fatality, even parking in the shade is very dangerous as temperatures in the car can still soar.
* If you are travelling anywhere in the car with your dog make sure you have a supply of water.
* Walk your dog in the morning and evening when the weather is cooler and make sure shady spots and drinking water are available.
* Clip the fur of particularly hairy hounds and apply canine sun cream to areas most likely to burn: ears, nose, and belly. Human suncream can be toxic so buy a special pet version from your local pet shop.
* Be extra vigilant with older, short nosed and overweight dogs as they are more prone to overheat. In a real emergency wet your dog thoroughly with cool water, never iced, and use a household fan to blow cool air over their head and body.  Seek urgent veterinary attention.
* If your dog takes a dip in a lake or pool make sure you rinse him as soon afterwards as possible. Never allow your dog to drink from ponds unless the water is clear as algae in the water can produce toxins that are rapidly fatal.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Most parts of the UK have benefitted from some lovely weather over recent weeks and had a real taste of summer. The Met Office works to help people stay well in hot weather. In fact from June to mid September, we operate a Heat-Health watch system in association with the Department of Health across England and Wales, aimed at the vulnerable in society. It’s great that Dogs Trust is issuing this advice to prevent dogs being unnecessarily endangered in any hot weather we may have.”

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