Derbyshire pet owners are being urged to take extra care of their animals during this week’s heatwave.
With temperatures predicted to reach 30C for the first time this year, vets are warning pet owners to be aware of the problems a heatwave can cause cats, dogs and other pets.
Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, said: “Hot and even warm weather can cause real problems for our pets.
“Most people know not to leave pets in cars on a warm or hot day, but not everyone is aware that conservatories or caravans can be just as bad with temperatures rising dangerously high, quicker than you might think.
“Even when it feels relatively mild outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach up to 130 degrees in less than 30 minutes.
“And while most people think about dogs and cats, we must also help our pet rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets keep safe in the summer heat.”
Cats and dogs should have plenty of fresh, cold water available at all times and when outdoors, should always have access to shade.
Owners are being warned to look out for signs of heatstroke and to call their vet for advice immediately if they become concerned.
Owners of rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets should make sure their pets always have access to shade, and move indoor cages out of direct sunlight. Pets should have clean, fresh water and with rabbits and guinea pigs particularly vulnerable to heatstroke, owners should keep a close eye on them during high temperatures and call a vet immediately if they spot any symptoms, which include lethargy, drooling and shallow, rapid breathing.