June 29, 2022, 6:50

    Keeping dogs cool during the hot weather – get your questions answered by an expert

    Keeping dogs cool during the hot weather – get your questions answered by an expert

    With temperature set to rise to a sizzling 34C on Friday, we are talking to the experts about the dos and don'ts dog owners need to be aware of during hot weather – and if you have a question, we want you to ask it.

    Temperatures have been slowly increasing this week as hot air moves north from Iberia towards Britain – and it's set to reach its peak on Friday.

    But as many dogs struggle to deal with hot temperatures, particularly given they aren't able to sweat like humans, they can quickly overheat in warm weather.

    They rely on panting to release the excess heat from their body but this can prove challenging when they have a thick layer of fur at all times.

    If you have a specific concern about the hot weather and your dog and you would like some expert advice, you can leave a question on this article and experts from the RSPCA and Blue Cross will be on hand to answer it. All you have to do is sign up and you can then take part in the discussion. The experts will be answering questions from Friday morning until 5pm so be sure to submit your query as soon as possible.

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    Dogs can't sweat like humans

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    In the meantime, it is important to remember these key bits of information.

    Dogs can be susceptible to heatstroke and one way to allow your dog to cool down when they need to is to carry water with you everywhere you go, while avoiding being outside during the hottest time of the day, from 11am to 3pm.

    Alison Thomas, senior veterinary surgeon at the Blue Cross hospital in Victoria, said: "While we enjoy the sunshine and warm weather this week it is important to make sure our pets are kept safe.

    "They can quickly overheat and sometimes this can be extremely dangerous and even fatal."

    If you have any questions to ask an expert, add them in the comments below and they will answer them.

    The Q&A session will begin on Friday morning, but you can begin submitting your questions in the comments section below now.

    All you have to do to submit your question and take part in the discussion is register your details. You can also sign up by clicking on the silhouette on the top right-hand corner of the screen.

    If the chatbox in the comments section below isn't loading on your screen, click here.

    Do you have a dog story to share? Email paige.freshwater@reachplc.com.

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