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Paw things! Heatwave spells trouble for furry friends

Queenslanders are being urged to keep their pets in mind this weekend, with a severe heatwave set to push the mercury past 40 degrees across large parts of the State.

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The Bureau of Meteorology said records would be likely to tumble, as the hot air mass built in the south-west from Friday, with severe temperatures likely to hang around for most of next week as well.

The heatwave was predicted to bring 35 degree temps across the State’s southeast, with a peak of 36 degrees in Toowoomba, 43 degrees in Longreach and 45 degrees at Birdsville.

Rockhampton could see 35 degrees, while in Mount Isa and the north-west the mercury would surge past 40 degrees.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said it was a timely reminder for pet owners not to leave their animals in cars, or tied up on the back of utes.

“Our crews responded to 720 pets locked in cars across Queensland last year, an average of two every day,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The inside of a vehicle can reach 40 degrees in just seven minutes, so there is never a safe amount of time to leave an animal inside – even with the windows down.

“Some owners think tying their animal up on the back of their ute is a better option, but the reality is animals’ paws are sensitive and can burn easily if they’re not protected from the heat of the tray.”