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VET WARNS OF HEAT RISKS

A TOP vet has issued a heatwave warning amid concerns pet owners don’t do enough to protect their four-legged friends from heatstroke, sunburn and even skin cancer.

As Britain enjoys a Bank Holiday heatwave, fears are growing that our pets are suffering from excess exposure to sunshine, especially with many of us becoming first-time pet owners during lockdown.

Aimee Labbate, veterinary surgeon at PocketVet, revealed her top tips to protect cats and dogs from serious problems during hot weather.

Aimee said: “As a general rule of thumb, when temperatures exceed 19C, caution should be taken when exercising your dog. It is not just heatstroke that we need to worry about with pets, but also burnt pads and even sunburn, particularly in cats.

“It is really important to remember that your pet’s skin can burn, just like ours. Please remember to keep them protected with an appropriate sun cream, particularly on noses and ears. 

“Pets can get skin cancer if left to burn, unfortunately we see this fairly commonly in pets that aren’t protected, particularly cats. If you notice any changes in your pet’s behaviour, it is best to seek advice from a vet.”

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