Police have warned about the dangers of dogs being left in cars during the hotter months.

When a dog becomes too hot and is unable to reduce its body temperature by panting, it can develop heatstroke which can kill dogs.

A spokesperson for Sherborne Police said: "As we move into the summer months and the weather starts to warm up Sherborne Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to remind dog owners not to leave their dog in a car.

"Even with the windows partly wound down your dog can suffer from heatstroke and die."

The warning signs of heatstroke to look out for include looking if your dog is panting heavily, drooling excessively, appearing lethargic or drowsy or if the dog is collapsed and vomiting.

A Sherborne Police spokesperson added: "For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.

"The dog needs to be moved to a shaded or cool area. 

"Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock, if possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan. 

"Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water. 

"Continue to douse the dog with cool water until their breathing starts to settle but never so much that they begin to shiver. 

"Once the dog is cool, take them to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency."