RSPCA Queensland has issued a reminder not to leave pets unattended in hot cars, following reports that they receive four calls a day on the matter.
A heatwave is predicted to hit the Sunshine State this weekend, with the RSPCA taking the opportunity to remind pet parents of the consequences of leaving a pet unattended.
Since January 1, there have 183 calls made relating to animals being left in hot cars.
There have also been 584 calls regarding animals being left with insufficient or no water, and 303 reports of animals being unable to access shade.
"If it's 30 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over 40 degrees in less than five minutes," RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said.
"It beggars belief that people are ignoring the warnings.
"A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don't have shade or can't reach water they'll die."
The RSPCA has advised that owners provide two to three containers of water for their pets.
It is also recommended that owners avoid exercising pets in the middle of the day.