The heat is on - pet owners urged to plan ahead for animals NOW
Tips and ideas all pet owners should know ahead of upcoming hot weather
The RSPCA is urging pet owners and animal lovers to make plans and provisions now to protect pets during the upcoming spell of hot weather.
The urgent advice comes as the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a heat-health alert following Met Office forecasts of very high temperatures this weekend.
Every summer the RSPCA receives hundreds of reports of animals suffering from heat exposure, including dogs left in hot cars, pets with heat burns on their paws from pavements, dehydrated wild animals after water supplies have dried up, grazing animals with no shade, and dogs over-exercised in the heat.
The charity is asking owners of all pets - from cats and dogs to small furries, horses and farm animals - to make provisions now, and is also calling on animal champions to help look out for wildlife in the hot weather too.