Just like humans, dogs can be affected by the heat, and they too can suffer from sunburn or heatstroke.

It's important to give your pooch a little extra care during the summer, when the sun's heat is at its strongest.

Here are some tips on how to make sure your dog doesn't get overheated, according to the RSPCA :

Top tips for keeping dogs cool in hot weather:

  • Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while. Temperatures can rise to 47C, which can result in death.
  • Use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet's skin - such as the tips of their ears and nose - to avoid sunburn. If you're unsure on the right product, ask your vet.
  • Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool.
  • Check every day for flystrike (an irritation in your dog's ear caused by biting flies).
  • Put ice cubes into your dog’s water bowl, or make some tasty ice cube treats, for them to eat and stay hydrated.
  • Dampen some towels for your pet to lie on, or wrap an ice pack in a towel, to provide some relief from the heat.
  • Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in.

Walking your dog in hot weather:

Dogs need exercise, even when it's hot.

The RSPCA recommends walking your dog in the morning, or the evening time, when they won't burn their paws on the pavement - or be at an increased risk of heatstroke.

Signs of burned paws:

  • Your dog limps or refuses to walk
  • They lick or chew at their feet
  • Their paws are darker in colour
  • Blisters or redness

What kind sun protection products are available to buy?

It's pretty easy to find sunscreen for your canine at most pet stores.

Pets At Home has a wide range of products that will keep your dog's skin from burning in the sun.

The Filtabac Antibacterial Sunblock Cream (from £8) is suitable for cats, dogs and horses. If your dog has burnt its nose or paws, simply apply a layer of the product, over the affected area.

Meanwhile Petkin Doggy sunscreen SPF 15 is available to buy in a stick or a spray form, for easy application.

Simply apply it and rub it throughly into your dog's skin before they go outdoors.

You can also buy your dog a cooling mat . It comes filled with a safe, non-toxic gel that stays 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature.