Vets are urging owners to protect their pets in the current heatwave after reporting an increase in the number of animals suffering heatstroke.

Special measures are also being taken at Dublin Zoo to protect animals from tropical climates, who have become more used to Ireland's usual cool and damp weather.

Elephants have been enjoying cold showers in the searing heat, while gorillas have been keeping well out of the sun.

Vets say that pets should be kept fully hydrated and in the shade.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that the hot weather has also led to an increase in reports of escaped snakes.