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Tesco has launched car park patrols to make sure dogs aren’t suffering in hot cars.
Scorching temperatures have left the UK basking in a heatwave over the weekend.
But as any responsible dog owner knows, it’s potentially lethal for our canine companions.
Birmingham Live reports that the supermarket giant is working with the RSPCA to make sure no dogs are being left in boiling hot vehicles.
Tesco staff have been trained on what to look out for.
A Tesco spokesperson confirmed: "We're working with the RSPCA and all of our colleagues in store have received training to ensure animal welfare is protected.
“Our colleagues regularly patrol our car parks and are given guidance on what to do if they spot a dog unattended in a car."
Temperatures of more than 30 degrees celsius are expected in some parts of the country on Sunday.
Read more: Seven ways to keep your dog cool this summer
Emergency animal care provider Vets Now also warned rising temperatures could increase the risk of heat stroke in dogs.
The vet service sees a spike in callouts as the weather warms up and has warned that temperatures above 20C put dogs at risk, and that survival rates for dogs with heat stroke is just 50%.
Dave Leicester, head of telehealth at Vets Now, said: "All dogs can overheat if left without water or in hot conditions for too long. So on hotter summer days it's best to walk your dog in the morning or evening when it's cooler."