Urgent warning for pet owners as 'killer' 32C heatwave is set to roast Britain this week – here's what you need to know | The Sun

CHARITIES have warned pet owners that their animals are at risk from a "silent killer" heatwave as the UK is braced for roasting 34C temperatures this week.

The RSCPA and Blue Cross have urged pet parents to keep an eye on their furry friends and make sure they stay cool as the temperature spikes.

The RSPCA has issued a warning to dog owners about the dangers of taking their canine companions on long walks on hotter days.

Esme Wheeler, a dog welfare expert for the charity, said: "walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer".

"While the majority would never leave our dogs in a car on a hot day, or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may still be putting their dogs at risk even on a short walk, or taking them to places such as fields and beaches with little or no shade."

She also issued some firm advice to owners, saying: "The message remains very simple – never leave a dog in a hot car because 'not long' is too long, and when it comes to walks, 'if in doubt, don't go out".

The Blue Cross issued similar warnings for cat owners, stressing the importance of keeping cats indoors on searing days.

The Met Office is predicting that the latter part of this week will be a scorcher, with temperatures topping 30C in the South and some spots even reaching 34C.

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Elsewhere in the UK, predictions are for an unusually high 28C in the North West and 27C in the North East.

Temperatures in Wales and the South West could jump to 25C according to latest forecasts.

Met Office senior press officer Nicky Maxey predicted that some areas may see a heatwave this week, defined as 3 days in a row of maximum temperatures exceeding the heatwave threshold which varies by county.

Ms Maxey said: "We are seeing a build of heat day on day as we go through the rest of the week, with Friday potentially being the warmest day of the week".

Top tips to keep your pet safe this summer

Dogs

  • Make sure they can always access plenty of fresh water
  • Avoid strenuous exercise between 11am and 4pm
  • Move your dog somewhere cold and shaded if they get too hot and sponge cool water on their abdomen, armpits and feet
  • If you leave them inside, ensure they can access a shaded area
  • Avoid walking your dog on dark, hot surfaces that absorb sunlight as it will burn their paws
  • Don't feed your pooch within an hour either side of exercise as this could cause bloating and gastrointestinal problems
  • If your dog doesn't have much hair, apply sun cream to exposed skin – particularly around their ears
  • If your dog has a lot of hair, consider trimming its coat to help it cope with the warmer temperatures

Cats

  • Brush them regularly
  • Put a fan or air conditioning on to keep areas cool
  • Move them somewhere cool if they have failed to do it on their own
  • Make sure there is always access to shade outside
  • Try and restrict them from going out between 11am and 4pm
  • Feed them little and often – food left out in the heat can gain bad bacteria and make them sick
  • Cats can burn too so apply lotion to them if they have very fine or little fur – the ears are often a problem area


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