Keep your animals cool

With the recent arrival of hot weather, a reminder has been given that animals suffer and die when temperatures rise.

Dogs die very quickly in hot cars and they should not be left inside them even for very short periods.

Other animals suffer too. Rabbits must not be left in a hutch in the glaring sun or inside a sweltering garage or shed. Smaller animals, like hamsters, rats and gerbils, can be kept cool by opening windows and closing curtains and using a fan (but not pointing it directly at them).