How to keep your pet cool during the Devon heatwave

PUBLISHED: 14:27 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:27 25 July 2019

Ensure your pet does not over heat during the hot summer weather. Picture: 
Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA

Ensure your pet does not over heat during the hot summer weather. Picture: Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA

Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in calls about animals in need as a heatwave sweeps across the region.

Temperatures are expected to hit 30 degrees and more in Devon today (Thursday, July 25) so animal welfare experts and vets are urging pet owners to keep their animals safe and asking the public to take care of wildlife.

Scroll through some of the top RSPCA tips for keeping pets cool here.

RSPCA vet Dr Michael Lazaris said: "It's really important to take extra care of our pets during the hot weather as heat exhaustion is a life-threatening condition. Prevention is much better than a cure so try to keep your pets indoors or in a cool, shaded area when the temperatures are hitting 30C and higher.

"If your pet slows down, looks dazed, drools or pants excessively, vomits or even has a seizure then please speak to a vet as soon as possible as these are all symptoms of heatstroke.

"If your pet is elderly, overweight or has ongoing health problems or problems caused by extreme breeding - such as flat-faced dogs - then they can feel the effects of the heat more quickly so please keep that in mind."

You can also find out more at https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal .

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