Animal welfare groups are urging people to take care of their pets and wildlife ahead of the Met Office’s yellow and red weather warnings.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning from Sunday to Tuesday, with temperatures expected to rise to 35C in south-east England.
The RSPCA is urging pet owners to take every precaution possible to protect their animals during the intense heatwave.
Esme Wheeler, Dog Welfare Expert at the RSPCA, said: “The hot weather has gone from glorious to extreme and we cannot stress enough the importance of pet owners taking the situation seriously.
“That means limiting or skipping walks, only taking essential car trips, keeping water available at all times, and preparing damp, cold towels and mats and frozen treats.”
For garden birds, the RSPB recommends fresh water for drinking and bathing.
RSPB’s Martin Fowlie said: “Putting a plate or bowl of fresh water on a balcony or in your garden can mean the difference between life and death for garden birds.
“It also provides a water source for birds and other wildlife such as hedgehogs and insects.”
For other pets, such as cats and rodents, the RSPCA recommends having access to shade and water at all times. Laying down a cool, damp towel can provide your furry friends with a comfortable place to rest.
Ms Wheeler added: “Knowing how to prevent heatstroke and how to spot the signs of heatstroke in pets can be a matter of life and death. a rabbit or guinea pig and even chickens, horses and exotic animals – take some time to read and plan today.”
The RSPCA offers advice on a variety of pets:
• Keep dogs indoors or where it is coolest for most of the daylight hours
• Skipping Walks – Skipping a walk is much safer than putting dogs at risk of heat stroke
• Take special precautions with older dogs, those with thicker coats or flat faces, and those with pre-existing health conditions
• Always have fresh, cool water available
• Use cold treats from the fridge for extra moisture
• Freeze your dog’s water bowl or add ice cubes to your pet’s bowl
• Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a dishcloth or use damp towels for your pet to lie on.
• Place a cool, damp towel if your cat finds it comfortable to rest on
• Create shady spots with boxes or old umbrellas
• Set up additional bowls of water
• Ensure rabbits and guinea pigs have access to shade and fresh drinking water at all times, and remember that as the sun moves throughout the day so does the shade. A place that was shady in the morning could be in full sun in the afternoon.
• Freeze a half-full plastic water bottle and wrap it in a towel for your pets to lie against
The RSPB’s wildlife advice:
• Provide a bowl of fresh drinking water for birds and other wildlife in your yard or on a balcony
• Top up the water levels of ponds
• Watch out for wildlife when using lawn mowers
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20282074.look-pets-heatwave/?ref=rss Here’s how to take care of your pets during the heatwave