|Warnings as dog dies from heatstroke
The RSPCA has issued a warning about the taking a dog out in the hot weather after a fit and healthy dog died from heatstroke.
Altrincham Cheshire RSPCA issued a statement about the five-year-old dog that died after it been taken for a walk at 9am in the morning.
They said, 'This morning we were informed a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees.
'The dog was otherwise fit and healthy.
'Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work.
'We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death.
'Yesterday the highest temperature for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about.
'It does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or 'used to the heat'. Please be mindful of its needs.'
The signs of heatstroke in dogs include panting excessively, staggering, having seizures and having a high body temperature.
Any dogs that may be suffering from heatstroke, the RSPCA advise, should be taken to a cool shaded area and a vet should be called immediately.
To bring its temperature down gradually the charity also advises to douse them in cool, not cold, water, giving them a little to drink, until the dogs breathing begins to settle.