Here's how to keep your pet safe in the heatwave

Dog owners are being urged to avoid exercising their pets during the hottest parts of the day (Picture: Getty)

As the UK’s heatwave seems to be here to stay, it’s more important than ever to look after our four-legged friends.

The RSPCA is warning that most animals don’t realise when they’re getting too hot, so it’s up to their owners to make sure they keep them cool.

The charity handled more than 1,800 calls regarding animals and heat exposure between July 1 and July 22 alone and there are other potential injuries like scorched paws from hot pavements.

So what can you do to keep your pet safe in the sweltering weather?

Dogs die in hot cars – never leave pets unattended in places like cars, conservatories or caravans in hot weather (Picture: Getty)

We all know that dogs die in hot cars, but it’s not just there that you shouldn’t leave pets in hot weather. It also includes caravans, conservatories and anywhere else they could overheat.

Make sure they have access to shade and drinking water

You might like sunning yourself, but remember it’s not good for your pets. Set them up with a shelter if you want to be outside or take them in the shade and make sure you’ve got water handy.

Only transport them if it’s really necessary

Do you really need to take your animal somewhere in a vehicle? If you don’t, leave it and wait until it’s a bit cooler.

Shelter – make sure your pet always has shelter in hot weather (Picture: Getty)

Freeze water bowls before filling them

Frozen beer glasses keep your pint cool so give your animals the same special treatment and freeze their water bowl before filling them. That way the water will stay cooler for longer.

Give them a damp towel or a paddling pool to lie in

Anything that helps keep their body temperature lower will help your pet’s health. Try laying out a damp towel or letting them lie or play in a paddling pool.

Don’t forget the sun cream

You put it on your own skin so why wouldn’t you put it on your pet’s? Just make sure it’s a special pet-safe product before you put it on to protect their skin.