DOG-OWNERS are warned to take extra care of their pets in the warm weather throughout the summer months.
A well as taking plenty of water on walks, owners should check that dogs are not overheating and seek shade where possible.
It is widely know that dogs should never be left inside cars, but a less obvious danger could be the very pavement beneath the dog’s paws,
Pavement and roads can get sizzling hot – and a hot pavement can cause painful burns to animal’s paws..
To avoid this, dogs can be exercised on grass, or dog-walkers can do a simple test to check pavement temperatures before taking their pet out for a summer stroll.
If when placing the back of your hand on the pavement you cannot keep it there for five seconds without pain, then it is too hot for your pup’s feet.
For more information about summer safety for pets visit www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/summer-survival-guide-pets