The ISPCA is appealing to pet owners to take extra care to keep their companions safe during the hot summer weather.
The rising temperatures has let to a number of cases of dogs and other pets overheating and collapsing. Heatstroke can be deadly to small animals, so owners are warned to never leave their dogs in cars and to note the following tips for keeping pets cool:
Pets can become dehydrated and overheat quickly, so know the signs of overheating. These include excessive panting, increased heart rate, dry or pale gums and weakness or collapse.
To avoid overheating, try not to overexert your pet on walks, and make sure they always have access to fresh water and a shady spot to sit in.
Extreme dangers come with dogs being left in hot cars, warns the ISPCA.
“Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences. We all love the sunshine but it is important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal,” said the statement.
“If your pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move your pet to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away.
“The summer sun can be fun for everyone, but please do plan in advance if you plan to bring your pet anywhere and ensure that they will not be left in the car.”