Pet owners warned of heat stress

SOARING temperatures forecasted for the next few days have prompted the RSPCA to warn pet owners of the dangers of heat stress.

If it's 30 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well above 40 degrees in less than five minutes, which would be fatal to a pet left in a vehicle.

Animals left in the backyard must also be able to find shelter and water.

If a dog is tethered, it can become tangled in the leash and may then be unable to reach water or shelter.

RSPCA recommends leaving at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over. A dog can survive for a few days without food, but in this weather, if it has no shade or water it will die.

Exercising dogs in the middle of the day can also be dangerous at this time of the year.

If a dog suffers from heat stress, it is imperative to get its temperature down as quickly as possible. Hose the dog down with water and/or place ice packs on its head and stomach.

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