Warning to care for animals as temperatures are set to rise again across Sussex

The Argus: Warning to care for animals as temperatures are set to rise again across Sussex Warning to care for animals as temperatures are set to rise again across Sussex

These slippery customers may be enjoying the sun – but, with a heatwave hitting Sussex, pet owners have been warned to take steps to ensure they do not “cook alive” their furry friends.

During last weekend’s scorching temperatures, charities said they received one call every eight minutes about animals trapped in hot cars, or left without shade or shelter.

With the mercury expected to soar again, experts have warned that creatures both domestic and wild were at risk.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: “People need to be careful with all pets in the heat – cats, rabbits and guinea pigs can also be very susceptible to heatstroke.”

RSPCA chief inspector Dermot Murphy said: “Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave.

“They are literally cooked alive, in what is a horrendous death.

“People just aren’t listening. Leaving a window open simply isn’t enough and in-car temperatures rise quickly, even if it’s cloudy.”

Rescuers said four hedgehogs in Sussex died recently after being admitted with severe dehydration and emaciation.

Trevor Weeks, of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, said: “We are seeing a lot of dehydrated hedgehogs coming in for care at the moment which are struggling to find food due to the harder ground.

“Ensuring a shallow bowl of water is available in gardens will make a big difference.”

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Among the animals enjoying the weather are sunbathing snakes and chilled out Noel, the chameleon, at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium.

Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “Snakes are cold blooded and need to warm up before they become active.

“In their displays we make use of heat lamps to achieve this but there’s no comparison to actually sitting out in the sun and so we’ve decided to start taking them outside during the hot weather.

“The deckchair is particularly effective as the material it’s made from heats up and you can almost see the snakes enjoying the sensation of sunbathing.”

Elsewhere in Sussex, keepers at Drusillas Park in Alfriston have stocked freezers with giant lollipops, made with frozen fruit for its animals.

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10:29am Sat 13 Jul 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Take note Brighton and Hove City Council. Fish need water.
Take note Brighton and Hove City Council. Fish need water. Maxwell's Ghost

10:38am Sat 13 Jul 13

qm says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Take note Brighton and Hove City Council. Fish need water.
Too subtle ;)
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Take note Brighton and Hove City Council. Fish need water.[/p][/quote]Too subtle ;) qm

10:57am Sat 13 Jul 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Also.....the grass and the wildlife in Wild Park were not impressed by the chap in a Vauxhall tearing up the grass at tremendous speed at 7pm last night while skidding around it in large circles like a race track.
Temporary residents seem to have appeared again.
Also.....the grass and the wildlife in Wild Park were not impressed by the chap in a Vauxhall tearing up the grass at tremendous speed at 7pm last night while skidding around it in large circles like a race track. Temporary residents seem to have appeared again. Maxwell's Ghost

12:00pm Sat 13 Jul 13

Tallywhacker says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Also.....the grass and the wildlife in Wild Park were not impressed by the chap in a Vauxhall tearing up the grass at tremendous speed at 7pm last night while skidding around it in large circles like a race track.
Temporary residents seem to have appeared again.
Should have filmed it and sent copy to the police.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Also.....the grass and the wildlife in Wild Park were not impressed by the chap in a Vauxhall tearing up the grass at tremendous speed at 7pm last night while skidding around it in large circles like a race track. Temporary residents seem to have appeared again.[/p][/quote]Should have filmed it and sent copy to the police. Tallywhacker

2:33pm Sat 13 Jul 13

a person says...

People could help the hedgehogs and frogs in their gardens by putting out fresh water everyday .

I put water out under the shrubs in flower pot saucers . Several of these can really help the wild life, as hedgehogs drink a lot of water, and the frogs do sit in the saucers.
I also have water out for the birds.

If you want to feed hedgehogs they like small dry dog / cat biscuits , chicken flavour ,
Dog / cat food meat chicken flavour , sunflower hearts , chopped up apple / pears / bananas .
They have very small mouths , and can not tear at food ,so all chopped up small,
and no milk. Just plenty of water.
People could help the hedgehogs and frogs in their gardens by putting out fresh water everyday . I put water out under the shrubs in flower pot saucers . Several of these can really help the wild life, as hedgehogs drink a lot of water, and the frogs do sit in the saucers. I also have water out for the birds. If you want to feed hedgehogs they like small dry dog / cat biscuits , chicken flavour , Dog / cat food meat chicken flavour , sunflower hearts , chopped up apple / pears / bananas . They have very small mouths , and can not tear at food ,so all chopped up small, and no milk. Just plenty of water. a person

6:33pm Sat 13 Jul 13

clubrob6 says...

I always go to the dog friendly beach near king altred,today sat was very hot and lots of people had there dogs with them which is good.But I felt sorry for a couple of black dogs panting while the owners sunbathed,dogs should be treat like children on the beach a beach shelter is only £10 and owners should remember the dog cant take its fir coat off and the occasional dip in the sea will cool the dog down which I must admit most owners do that.
I always go to the dog friendly beach near king altred,today sat was very hot and lots of people had there dogs with them which is good.But I felt sorry for a couple of black dogs panting while the owners sunbathed,dogs should be treat like children on the beach a beach shelter is only £10 and owners should remember the dog cant take its fir coat off and the occasional dip in the sea will cool the dog down which I must admit most owners do that. clubrob6

2:45pm Sun 14 Jul 13

plantwoman says...

Dogs should be kept out of the sun during this hot weather. Only an idiot would take their dog to the beach during the day at the moment. Leave them at home, they're better off there.
Owners should be providing an endless supply of fresh water - not sea water - for their dogs, not easily done when you're on the beach. Some dogs drink 3 litres of water a day, difficult to carry with you!
Dogs should be kept out of the sun during this hot weather. Only an idiot would take their dog to the beach during the day at the moment. Leave them at home, they're better off there. Owners should be providing an endless supply of fresh water - not sea water - for their dogs, not easily done when you're on the beach. Some dogs drink 3 litres of water a day, difficult to carry with you! plantwoman

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