THE county’s Dog Warden is pleading with pet owners to look after their four-legged friends in the hot and humid weather or else they could die.
Pip Singleton is warning residents their pet could die from heatstroke if they are not kept cool this summer even if the sun isn’t shining.
She said: “Each year we issue the same advice yet I still see reports of people leaving their dog tied up in the blazing sun or left to roast in a hot car which is just stupid.
“The RSPCA has a campaign which states ‘Dogs Die In Hot Cars’ – they really do! Even leaving the car in the shade or the window open is not acceptable.”
Don’t excessively walk your dog.
Avoid walking your dog at the hottest times of the day – often morning or later in the evenings can be cooler.
Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog.
Make sure the dog has shade to cool off in, either inside or when out.
Take your dog to the groomers and keep their fur clipped.
Dogs can get sunburn – especially white dogs or those with little hair so try and keep them out of direct sun.
Think twice about any car trips with your dog – avoid congested roads or busy times of day when they could overheat in the car.
If driving with your dog plan your journey considering cooler times of the day and places to take breaks.
Don’t leave your dog in a car – as temperatures rise, dogs overheat quickly and leaving them for as little as 20 minutes could prove fatal .