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A DOG expert has given their top tips for owners trying to keep their pets cool during the heatwave.
It comes as the UK officially had it's hottest day of the year so far with temperatures hitting a scorching 27.8C.
But while millions of Brits are making the most of the mini heatwave, health chiefs have issued warnings as the temperature rockets on Thursday and Friday.
Forecasters are predicting baking highs of 34C on what is being labelled "Fiery Friday".
And with the sweltering hot temperatures, caring dog owners will be thinking about how to keep their pets safe in the sun.
Dog breeds with flat muzzles, like pugs and French Bulldogs, are becoming increasingly popular, but they are also 14 times more susceptible to heat stroke than Labrador Retrievers.
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Knowing the dangers of the heat for pets is more important than ever.
To help dog owners keep their animals safe during the heatwave, experts at Pets4Homes have put together some golden advice in the form of five top tips.
Using cooling mats or cooling jackets is a great way to get your dog's temperature down.
If you don't have access to these then a homemade alternative will still do the trick!
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It's probably a no-brainer that like us, dogs will need plenty of water to help survive the heatwave.
Making sure dogs have regular access to fresh, cold water can help to prevent heatstroke.
Protecting your pet's paws is a simple but effective way to keep your furry friends safe.
They can easily burn on hot surfaces so make sure you keep an eye out and use dog shoes or pads if necessary.
You could also walk your dog when it's cooler in the evening or stay on the grass instead of the pavement.
Just like we enjoy a refreshing ice cream in the sweltering weather, dogs will benefit from cold treats.
Giving pets treats such as frozen apple slices will help them cool down, especially as they are unable to sweat like humans.
Insect bites and sunburn
Other summer dangers to look out for include insect bites and sunburn.
While not the worst thing that could happen to your pup it could cause discomfort or an allergic reaction.
Following these great tips will most likely make the current heatwave far more enjoyable for you and your pet.
It's worth remembering that the Met Office has issued a level 2 heat-health warning in response to the baking weather, so make sure to keep hydrated and apply sun cream.
Friday is likely to be the hottest day of the year and will likely see even more Brits hitting the beaches to soak up the rays.
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Speaking on the heatwave, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “Temperatures will continue to rise as we go through the week, becoming well above-average by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to exceed 30C and may even reach 34C in some places.
However, many Brits have been told to expect rain this weekend, as the boiling weather vanishes once again.
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