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Havering is home to the most dogs in London

PUBLISHED: 11:50 26 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:50 26 June 2020

Residents and their dogs taking part in the Paws in the Park charity event for Havering Mind in 2016. Picture: Ken Mears

Residents and their dogs taking part in the Paws in the Park charity event for Havering Mind in 2016. Picture: Ken Mears

Ken Mears

Havering has been named the capital’s doggy hotspot with more than a quarter of households owning a pooch, figures show.

Havering has the biggest dog population in London. Picture: YuMOVEHavering has the biggest dog population in London. Picture: YuMOVE

Numbers crunched by dog supplements producer YuMOVE using a recent YouGov survey and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) data has shown that 26.2 per cent of the population are dog owners.

In second place is Bexley, which has a 24.48pc population of dogs per household. Following closely behind in third place, is Barking and Dagenham with 24.02pc of the population harbouring a canine companion.

According to the PDSA, there are an estimated 9.9 million pet dogs across the UK, with 26pc of the adult population owning one, with most of London being slightly lower than the national average.

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Neighbouring Redbridge is one of the boroughs with the lowest percentages of dog-owning households at 13.52pc. Southwark is the lowest at 12.20pc, according to the figures.

Walking your dog in hot weather?

Dogs need exercise, even when it’s hot. The RSPCA recommends walking your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to reduce the risk of heatstroke and burning their paws on the pavement.

Is the pavement is too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for paws! Watch out if they limp, refusing to walk, lick or chew at the feet, the pads darker in colour or there’s blisters or redness.

Never leave animals in hot cars, ensure pets have enough shade and water - put ice cubes to keep it cool and use sun cream for any exposed skin patches of your pet.

Fore more information on how to keep your pets cool during this hot summer please see RSPCA guidelines.


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