With Northern Ireland experiencing its highest ever temperature during the current heatwave — and predictions that that figure could be beaten later this week — the advice from the USPCA on keeping our pets safe is timely.
It may seem commonsense to avoid exposing pets — particularly dogs — to extreme heat but many people still seem to forget the fundamentals. A basic rule of thumb is to keep pets in the shade and ensure that they have adequate supplies of clean water. But with many people going on staycations at the moments and taking their dogs with them, they should be acutely aware of the dangers of leaving a dog in the car even for a short time as the temperature inside the vehicle can reach unbearable, potentially lethal, levels very rapidly.
Even taking your pet for a walk is not without danger. The USPCA warns that heated road surfaces can injure pets paws and these should be bathed occasionally to avoid damage. These are days to be your pet’s best friend.