Dogs take a dip to keep cool as temperatures rise
- Credit: DOGS TRUST SNETTERTON
With the recent heatwave our furry friends have been looking for ways to cool off.
Like many of us Dog Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre has got out the paddling pool to help the dogs keep cool in this heat.
Centre manager Diane McLelland-Taylor said: 'Our pooches love it when the warmer weather means it's paddling pool time, and they adore playing and splashing about whilst keeping cool at the same time.
'When temperatures become higher there are a number of precautions that dog owners can take, when caring for their dogs.
'A few key tips are not to excessively walk them in high temperatures, and try to go for walks early morning or later in the evenings, when it will be cooler for them.'
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Dogs are unable to regulate their temperature the same way that humans do.
Ms McLelland-Taylor added: 'Our message is simple - don't leave your dog in a parked car, especially as temperatures look set to continue to soar.
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'If anyone sees a dog in distress in a parked car, they should first try and reach the owner and if this doesn't work they should call 999.'
Dogs Trust vets have issued the following advice.
•Don't leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes - even if it seems cool outside it can become very hot very quickly. Parking in the shade and/or keeping the windows down does not make it safe.
•If you see a dog in distress in a parked car call 999 - the police will contact the RSPCA if animal welfare assistance is required.
•Make sure you keep your dog as cool as possible when driving.
•Make sure you have a supply of water and know where you can stop off en route for water breaks.
•If you are present at the rescue of a dog from a hot car that is clearly in distress, seek immediate veterinary advice. •The very first priority is to prevent the dog from getting any hotter, attempt to provide shade from the sun and move to a cooler area. Dampening the dog down with cool (but not freezing) water will help start to bring the body temperature down.
•Wet towels can be used to cool a dog but these must be regularly changed or spraying them down with water.
•Dogs Trust is part of a coalition of animal welfare organisations which aims to educate pet owners and concerned animal lovers about the danger of hot cars for dogs.
If you are interested in adopting call 0300 303 0292 or visit Dogs Trust Snetterton at North End Road, Snetterton.
Find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk