Dog owners have warned to beware of ‘silent killers’ as the UK is set to hit 34C this week

The RSPCA has advised dog owners in London – where temperatures could reach 34C on Friday – to avoid walking dogs in the heat, saying: “When in doubt, don’t go outside.”

The RSPCA has advised dog owners in the capital against walking dogs in the heat (file photo)
The RSPCA has advised dog owners in the capital against walking dogs in the heat (file photo)

Dog owners have been warned to beware of a “silent killer” that could put their pooches at risk as the UK heads to 34C this week.

Parts of the south east, London and Wales could hit at least 27C and rise to 34C on Friday, hotter than Portugal, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Canary Islands and Cyprus.

Friday is also expected to be the hottest day of the year so far, dwarfing the 27.5C set at Heathrow in mid-May. It could even become the hottest June day for Britain on record if mercury tops the 35.6C recorded in Southampton in 1976.

Amid scorching temperatures, the RSPCA has advised dog owners in the capital not to walk dogs in the heat MyLondon.

The charity said it takes extra care in places where there is little to no shade, like beaches and fields, adding: “When in doubt, don’t go out.”







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Esme Wheeler, an RSPCA specialist on dog welfare, said: “The truth is that walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer.

“While the majority would never leave our dogs in the car on a hot day or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may put their dogs at risk even on a short walk or take them to places like fields and beaches with little or no shade.

“We’ve long campaigned for dogs to die in hot cars, but this year we’re emphasizing that dogs die on hot walks too. The message remains very simple – never leave a dog in a hot car because ‘not long’ is long, and when it comes to walks, ‘when in doubt, don’t go out.'”

dr Dan O’Neill, Associate Professor of Domestic Animal Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College, has also warned of the serious dangers of walking dogs in the heat.

Explaining that veterinarians see dogs with a range of issues, he said: “Heat-related illnesses can lead to organ failure, brain damage and ultimately death.







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“Most people know that dogs die in hot cars, but the reality is that more than 10 times as many dogs require veterinary attention for heat-related post-exercise illnesses as for overheating in cars.

“It can take weeks for a dog to adjust to hot weather, so periods of heat following a period of cold weather can be particularly dangerous.”

Dog owners can provide a paddling pool and make frozen treats to keep their pets cool and entertained if they’re worried about missing exercise in hot weather.

Meanwhile, animal rights group The Blue Cross has urged cat owners to be careful when leaving windows open after a kitten fell three stories and broke his leg.

The warnings come as parts of the UK may experience an official heatwave between today and Saturday if daily high temperatures meet or exceed the heatwave temperature threshold for at least three consecutive days. The threshold varies by county.







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The threshold for a heatwave is 25°C for Wales, Scotland and South West England, 27°C for South and East England and 28°C for London.

Britons have been told to expect “uncomfortable” nights when trying to sleep, with temperatures staying in the low 20s in the evenings.

And people wanting to top up their tans, swim in open water or use public transport have been warned to be careful.

Craig Snell, a Met Office forecaster, said: “Very high levels of UV are expected in the south this week, meaning people really should avoid being in the sun during the midday hours.

“Wearing sunglasses, a shirt, a hat and sunscreen are essential to protect your eyes and skin, and drinking plenty of water is important – long exposure to the sun can be dangerous.

“People should avoid overdoing it. We all love sunny weather, but being sensible can help you avoid a nasty sunburn.”

The weather service gave an outlook for Friday, forecasting hot and sunny conditions, although it was cooler in the north with rain.

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