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With the UK weather currently soaring past 30 degrees in the heatwave, supermarket shoppers visiting stores such as Tesco, Aldi, ASDA, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and M&S may choose to visit in their cars instead of walking or getting public transport.
However, some drivers still take their dogs with them and can leave them for long periods of time – something which can be fatal in the heat.
To help combat this risk, Tesco has confirmed it would be making sure dogs are not left by owners in hot vehicles.
The supermarket says its staff have been trained on what to look out for.
According to Manchester Evening News, Tesco said in a statement: "We're working with the RSPCA & 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."
Many shoppers have praised initiative and thanked the supermarket for being so proactive.
It has already been labelled "brilliant" and "amazing", with shoppers are urging other supermarkets to do the same.
The heatwave could prove fatal for dogs if their owners don't take the right precautions.
Emergency animal care provider Vets Now has warned rising temperatures could increase the risk of heat stroke in dogs.
The vet service sees a spike in call-outs as the weather warms up and has warned that temperatures above 20C put dogs at risk.
They also said survival rates for dogs with heat stroke is just 50%, according to Birmingham Live.
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."
The news comes after it was revealed supermarkets, including Tesco, want customers to keep wearing face masks, despite the government relaxing rules after 'Freedom Day'.
Shoppers in England will have to wear masks if the store still requires it. However, as it is no longer a law, it can't be enforced fully.
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