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With temperatures predicted to go as high as 25 degrees today, dog owners are being urged to pay extra attention to their pets. The RSPCA says it receives many enquiries and reports about the welfare of animals over the summer months, particularly when it's very hot. The charity is offering the following tips: Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it's just for a short while. Use pet safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pets skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn. If you're unsure on the right product, please ask your vet. Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool. Check every day for flystrike. Putting ice cubes into your dog or cat's water bowl or making some tasty ice cube treats is another fantastic idea. Damp towels for your pet to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel could provide a welcome relief from the heat. Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in.
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