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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Ethan Davies

How to care for your cats and dogs on hot sunny summer days

Mancunians have basked in summer sun this weekend - and the mercury could hit 30C on Sunday.

While people can happily sit in the sun for hours on end — it’s another story for pets.

Hot weather can be fatal for beloved family animals, so owners need to be sure they know what to do when the temperature starts to climb.

WATCH: Police smash windows to rescue dog left inside boiling hot car

We’ve put together a list of six top tips to care for your pets during a heatwave, courtesy of Nature's Menu, the UK’s leading expert in raw and raw-inspired pet food .

1. Never leave your pet in the car

When it’s 22C outside, which most of us consider pleasant, temperatures in cars, conservatories, outbuildings, or caravans can rise to 47C, which can prove fatal.

Even cars parked in the shade can see internal temperatures hit that level.

Lisa Hens, RSPCA dog welfare expert, explained: "Opening a window, parking in the shade or leaving a bowl of water still puts dogs in serious danger of ­heatstroke.

"Popping into a shop for five minutes is long enough for your dog to be affected."

Owners are advised to take their pets out of their vehicles with them.

2. Keep your pet hydrated

It is vital they have all the water they need on hot days, just like humans.

Nature’s Menu vet Claire Miller said: “With thick coats and only their paws to sweat from, cats and dogs find it more difficult to regulate their temperature and are therefore more likely to become dehydrated.

“Ensure their water is constantly topped up or leave multiple bowls out for them.”

3. Watch for heat stroke

Excess panting, anxious pacing or, in severe cases, collapsing or convulsing are signs your pet has heat stroke — you should seek veterinary attention.

4. Stay out of the midday sun

Keep your pets out of direct sunlight when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.

During British summer, the hottest part of the day is between 11am to 3pm.

Dogs with white or closely cropped fur and cats with thin coats are particularly at risk of sunburn, which can cause skin cancer. Use pet-safe suncream on exposed parts of their skin such as ears and noses.

5. Watch out for curious cats

Curious cats may seek shade in sheds and greenhouses so always check they’re clear before closing them.

Felines trapped inside could become too hot or dehydrated. Inside the house, keep your pet cool by allowing air in or cooling some towels in the fridge and laying them out.

A Manchester Toy Terrier is also known as an English Toy Terrier (Getty - DevidDO)

6. Protect your pooch’s paws

Don’t walk your dog on the pavement if it’s too hot.

Limping, refusing to walk, licking, or chewing the feet could all be signs of burnt paws.

“In this hot weather, dogs should only be walked first thing in the morning or last thing at night,” said Tracey Parnell, vet nurse at the Blue Cross.

“Take your own shoes off and stand on the path. If you can’t keep your feet on it for five seconds, it’s not safe to walk your dog.”

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