A warning has been issued by the Missing Dogs and Strays in Thanet group against walking pets in high temperatures,
The message follows concerns raised over dogs being walked in sweltering heat over the Bank Holiday.
Laura Sullivan, from the group, said: “No dogs have died from missing a walk but heatstroke kills.
“I’m sweating even indoors are you? Uncomfortable in hardly any clothes, how about you? In the car it’s a so hot even with windows open isn’t it? On the beach and the pavements they are damn hot in no shoes aren’t they? Walking, wow I’m getting worn out a lot quicker, are you? Sometimes it’s making me quite grumpy, what about you? Would you know what to do if you suffer heatstroke? So, can I ask why you think your dog needs a walk in it! There is a warning for humans remember this heat affects animals too.”
The RSPCA recommends keeping pets safe by using a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of the skin, and providing plenty of access to shade and fresh water.
The charity website states: “Dogs need exercise, even when it’s hot. We recommend walking your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to reduce the risk of heatstroke and burning their paws on the pavement.
“Try the 5 second test – if the pavement is too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for paws! You can also look out for…
limping or refusing to walk
licking or chewing at the feet
pads darker in colour
missing part of pad
blisters or redness