Dog walkers have been urged to be more aware of the dangers of walking their pets during heatwave conditions after a dog collapsed and died from heat exhaustion on the hottest day of the year while being walked near a reservoir in the Midlands.
Following the tragic incident, regulars at Tardebigge reservoir in Bromsgrove have issued a plea to all dog owners not to go there during the heatwave – saying it is too hot and too dangerous for man's best friend.
Details of the incident were revealed earlier this week by anglers who regularly use Tardebigge Reservoir after temperatures there hit 30C on Saturday and Sunday.
Posting on Facebook, Michelle Tuffley wrote: "I help run the fishing at Tardebigge Reservoir and please, I beg you all, do not take your dogs for a walk up to the reservoir.
"A dog died due to heat exhaustion this weekend. Our members did their best to help but it was too late. The dog had been walked up from Aston Fields and collapsed at the reservoir."
Michelle told Birmingham Live that even owners who thought they were doing their pooch a favour by taking it to the water to cool down were risking its life.
"We had dozens of dogs walked up to the reservoir, many of which were encouraged to go in the water to cool down, something that can actually be deadly," Michelle added.
"The water is so cold that it can actually cause heart attacks. At the minimum only let your dog paddle, do not let them submerge themselves fully."
She said anglers had been left "absolutely devastated" after witnessing the dog dying.
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The official Tardebigge Reservoir Facebook account posted: "We are absolutely disgusted by the dog walkers risking their dogs' lives.
"On Sunday a dog actually DIED due to heat exhaustion after being dragged up to the reservoir for a walk in 30C heat.
"It is too hot for your dog to be walking in this level of heat and also encouraging your overheated dogs to go into the reservoir is absolutely deadly."
Even with temperatures in the mid-20s dogs can suffer.
Beautician Laura Kyle told how her beloved French bulldog Betty died from overheating following a short walk in West Lothian , Scotland this week.
The RSPCA says even when it's hot, dogs need exercise. But when the weather is very hot they advise dog owners to only walk their pets dog in the morning or evening.
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This is to reduce the risk of heatstroke or burning their paws on the pavements.
The signs of heatstroke to look out for include heavy panting, excessive drooling and the dog appearing lethargic or uncoordinated.
If this happens, move the dog to a cool or shaded area and give it sips of cold water to drink and pour cool – not cold – water over it.
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