A DOG welfare charity has advised owners in East Renfrewshire that leaving a pet alone in a hot car seat, even for a few minutes, can prove fatal to the animal.

Dogs Trust says on a 22C (71.6F) day, the temperature inside a car could rise by 11C in just 10 minutes and because dogs cannot cool down the same way as humans, the heat can quickly become dangerous.

The charity has also advised not to walk dogs at the hottest times of the day. 

The trust has also said tarmac can get hot in the sun and advises owners to check it with their hand before letting dogs walk on it.

Dogs Trust veterinary director, Paula Boyden, said: “There are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs stay happy and healthy in hot weather, but it is crucial we keep a close eye on them, even if we are playing indoors.”

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