I’ve just seen the weather forecast and the map was a sea of orange. With warm temperatures on the horizon, it’s important to remember the dangers of hot weather for animals.

Cars can heat up quickly including in the shade with the windows open. If the temperature outside is 22°C/72°F, a car can reach 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes. One of the best baked apples I ever tasted was an apple that had accidentally been cooked in a hot car.

And, being cooked is, unfortunately, what can quickly happen to animals if left in such conditions.

Even X-factor judge, Simon Cowell, gets hot under the collar at the danger of leaving dogs in parked cars and advises in warm weather leaving your dog safely at home.

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The RSPCA states if you see a dog alone in a car on a warm day, call the Police on 999. If the police are unable to attend, call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. (Could be useful to have this number in your phone).

Other dangers to guard against in hot weather include ensuring your pet does not run out of water and protecting against sunburn. Pale-coloured dogs and cats are vulnerable to sunburn so ask your vet about an appropriate sun block.

If the definition of hot property is “being highly sought after”, TJ would settle for that. This 7 year old Chihuahua and Pomeranian crossbreed arrived at The Mayhew Animal Home because her owner had a new baby and could no longer look after her. She is very friendly and likes to climb on people’s laps for love and affection.

TJ knows basic commands and is very playful. She gets on well with other dogs although, if they harass her, she will tell them off. If you would like to know more, call 020 8962 8000 or see themayhew.org .

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