AS TEMPERATURES continue to soar this weekend, an animal charity has given guidance to help keep your furry friend cool.

According to the PDSA 9People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), heatstroke can be a big issue for dogs and can in some cases be fatal.

If a dog's body temperature gets above 38.6C they can become seriously unwell.

The signs of heatstroke are:

  • Excessive panting

  • Trouble breathing

  • Confusion

  • Bright red gums

  • Foaming at the mouth

  • Seizures

The charity has released guidance to help keep pets cool and to avoid a trip to the vets.

PDSA vet Lynne James said: “One of the biggest heatstroke triggers is too much exercise in hot weather. Though your dog might typically enjoy long walks and frolicking around the garden, it’s best to stay indoors for the hottest part of the day. This is generally around mid-afternoon, so aim for outdoors time in the early mornings or evenings.

“If you’re planning on heading out of the house, make sure to pack a supply of water for your dog so you can hydrate them throughout the day.

“Whatever the weather, you should never leave your dog in small, unventilated spaces, particularly cars, caravans or sheds. Even humans find it unbearable sitting in a conservatory for too long on a hot day.

“For dogs with thicker fur, hot weather can be especially uncomfortable. During the warmer seasons, consider having your dog’s coat groomed or clipped short to help prevent them from over-heating. It’s also important to be aware that flat-faced breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs and Shih Tzus are at a higher risk of heatstroke, as they can’t cool down as effectively through panting.”