DOG owners are being reminded of the dangers of leaving their beloved pets in the car during hot weather.

The RSPCA have said:

It is easy for dogs to over-heat in this weather, so it is important to ensure that dogs are not left in cars during hot weather.

Even if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, it’s a very dangerous situation for the dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Only walk your dog early in the morning or late at night. It is too hot for vigourous exercise at other times of day, and the pavement can get too hot for your dog's paws. If it the pavement feels hot under your hand, then it will be hot under your dog's paws.

Always take water for your dog wherever you go. Whether it is a walk, or a short drive in the car, they will need re-hydrating throughout the day.

Always watch out for signs of heatstroke. If a dog is panting heavily, drooling excessively, appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated or collapsed or vomiting, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately.

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day and you cannot open the door or get the dog out, do not be afraid to dial 999.