Temperatures are set to soar as summer gets into full swing, and highs of 30C are being predicted for some parts of the country this week.
With that in mind, here is charity Dogs Trust‘s useful advice for people with four-legged friends, including the best time to take them for a walk in the warm weather and how to avoid sun burn.
Walk this way
When walking your dog, the pet charity recommends avoiding excessive exercise during the heatwave.
In particular, dog owners should avoid taking their pooches out during the hottest times of the day – consider walking early in the morning or late at night.
Choosing where you walk is also important – opt for shaded routes where your pet can cool off, rather than open and exposed areas. Your dog could be at risk of sunburn – particularly white or hairless breeds, so it is vital to stay out of direct sun.
When out and about with your dog, it is also worth carrying a bottle of water and a bowl, according to the Dogs Trust.
Furrier breeds should be taken to the dog groomers and clipped to avoid overheating.
When travelling with your pet, it is important to ensure your pet is comfortable and safe.
Dogs Trust recommends thinking twice about car journeys, as pets can overheat in sweltering temperatures. If travelling is essential avoid congested roads or busy times of day when they could overheat in the car.
As with walking, dog owners should look to travel during the cooler parts of the day.
Finally, during such stifling temperatures it is of huge importance not to leave your dog in a car. As temperatures rise, dogs overheat quickly and leaving them for as little as 20 minutes could prove fatal.