As the temperature starts to rise, it is important to ensure your pets are comfortable and safe. Heat can be incredibly dangerous for all animals as it can lead to dehydration, illness and in the worst-case scenario, even death.

Find out how to help animals enjoy summer as much as you do!

Please call the RSPCA National Control Centre on 0300 1234 999 if an animal is in danger of harm due to suffering cruelty or neglect, or is sick, injured or trapped.

Where possible, take injured wildlife to local wildlife rescues or vets. If you need further assistance, please call the NCC small, sick and injured wildlife call line on 0300 123 8967.

If you see a dog in a hot car, we urge you to ring 999. The RSPCA do not have powers of entry so would not be able to take action without police assistance.  

  • NEVER leave animals in cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans on a warm day. Temperatures can quickly soar and become deadly for animals trapped inside.
  • Use a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet's skin, like their ear tips and nose. This is especially important for animals with white or light coloured fur.
  • If you cannot touch the pavement with bare skin for more than a few seconds, it is too hot for your pets to be outside. Walk dogs early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler.
  • Ensure pets always have access to shade, both inside and outside.

  • Ensure air flow by opening windows and doors. Consider investing in a mesh screen to prevent pets escaping.
  • Provide plenty of fresh drinking water to help keep pets cool. Add ice cubes to provide refreshing entertainment.
  • You could make some refreshing treats for your pets to enjoy. Check out our Pet Cook Book for some pet-safe ideas.
  • Damp towels or ice packs wrapped in cloth could provide welcome relief from the heat.
  • Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around.
  • Check every day for flystrike.

For advice on specific species, click here.