Posted: Tue 19th Jul 2022

‘Paw-scorchingly hot’, pavement temperature reaches 60C as RSCPA urges owners to keep pets safe

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2022

The RSPCA renewed calls for animals lovers to keep their pets safe during the heatwave as they filmed a path reaching 61C – enough to scorch the paws of cats and dogs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As temperatures reach record levels across Wales and England, pet owners are once again being urged to keep their animals safe during the hot weather. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The charity has released an image showing how quickly the temperature of pavements can rise. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

RSPCA’s dog welfare expert Esme Wheeler said: “This weather is extreme and it’s a life or death situation for some people, let alone animals, who rely on us to help them survive the intense temperatures. We all have a duty to take every precaution possible. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“These few days of extreme hot weather need to be taken very seriously, that means staying inside or wherever it is coolest, skipping walking dogs and riding horses, and doing everything we can to provide shade and fresh water for wildlife.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Essential steps to help animals during the intense heat: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Provide several water bowls around the home for pets to drink often.
  • Place containers of water outside for wild animals.
  • Do not take your dog on a car journey unless absolutely necessary.
  • Try to keep at least one room in the home as cool as possible by closing curtains or using a fan (out of reach) to encourage good airflow.
  • Check pets and outdoor animals such as chickens and small furries every hour for signs of heatstroke, fly-strike or sunburn and keep water topped up.
  • Do not take your dog out for a walk or exercise – it may be possible to take them for a gentle walk on the lead when the sun has gone down either early morning or late at night.
  • Keep toilet breaks for dogs very brief and try to stick to shaded spots as much as you possibly can.
  • If your dog, cat or small furry looks uncomfortable , try wrapping an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel and place it near them to lie next to, or use damp towels for your pet to lie on.
  • Dogs die in hot cars. Call 999 in an emergency if you see a dog in a hot car.

The RSPCA has just launched its Cancel Out Cruelty summer appeal which highlights how – as the temperatures rise – so do calls to the charity’s cruelty hotline. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Esme added: “Knowing how to try and prevent heatstroke, and also how to spot the signs of heatstroke in pets could be a matter of life and death, so we’re urging anyone with a pet – whether it’s a dog or cat, a rabbit or guinea pig, and even chickens, horses and exotic animals – to put aside some time today to read up and make plans.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The signs of heatstroke every dog owner needs to know: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Excessive panting
  • Unusual breathing noise
  • Lethargy or change in behaviour
  • Stumbling
  • Blue or grey tinge to gums or tongue

Contact your vet immediately if you spot any of these signs in your dog ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

What to do if you dog is showing signs of heatstroke: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Stop them from exercising
  • Move them into the shade or cool space immediately
  • Offer water in small amounts
  • Lay them in cool but not very cold water and/or pour it over them
  • Place a soaked, cool towel over their side and replace if it becomes warm
  • Speak to your vet straight away for advice on what to do next

The RSPCA sees a rise of animal cruelty in July and August with 245 reports of cruelty every day. Due to an increase in pet ownership and the cost of living crisis the charity is braced for a summer of suffering and is calling for the public to support its rescue teams to help as many animals as possible. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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