Here is some useful advice from the RSPCA about helping your pet adjust when you go back to work after lockdown

Here is some warm weather advice from the Dog's Trust

Dogs can die in hot cars

Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

Many people still believe that it's alright to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Beware of dog theft

Incidences of dog theft have been increasing over the past few years, with the home and garden being the top locations for pet theft. Please be vigilant and do not leave your dog unattended in public areas.

Our dogs play such a huge part in our lives and it is important for us to offer them the same care and protection given to all family members. Whether two legs or four, we all want to be kept safe! By following these three simple steps, you can reduce the risk of theft and offer the best possible chance of being reunited with your dog should they go missing.

  • SAFE - Secure your property and garden
  • SPOTTABLE - Keep them in sight and trained to return
  • SEARCHABLE - Know what steps to take if they go missing

Top tips for dog owners

  1. Make sure your dog is microchipped - record the number and database name somewhere safe
  2. Remember to update the database when your contact details change
  3. Ensure your dog wears a collar and tag in public - postcode and phone number, not the name of the dog
  4. Avoid leaving your dog tied up and unattended in public areas
  5. Avoid letting your dog out unaccompanied
  6. Ensure your garden and other areas are properly enclosed 
  7. Be aware of things that could 'spook' or scare your dog when off the lead
  8. Report your dog lost soon as you know
  9. Send us a photo and microchip number of your lost dog
  10. Consider posting the loss on social media 

Only use government approved microchip databases. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is registered on a database that isn't recognised by the government. A list of the approved suppliers is on GOV.UK.