by admin on July 18th, 2013

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Dogs die in hot cars

If you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are

going to do with your pet dog…..

It can be unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm.

In fact, when it’s 22C/72F outside, the temperature inside a car can

 soar to 47C within 60 minutes.

Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sun shield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough. DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS.

Under the Animal Welfare Act you have a legal duty to care for your pet and if you put your pet at risk, you could face prosecution. You would also have to live with the fact that your actions resulted in terrible suffering for your pet.

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day please call the police on 999.

Heatstroke – Early warning signs


Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs with shorter snouts, over-weight or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old dogs or very young dogs. Dogs with certain diseases are more prone to heatstroke, as are dogs on certain medication.

If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. There are some signs to look for:

  • Heavy Panting

  • Profuse salivation

  • A Rapid Pulse

  • Very Red gums/tongue

  • Lethargy

  • Lack of coordination

  • Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances

Heat Stroke First Aid

If your dog shows any signs of heatstroke, move them to a shaded, cool area, and ring the vet for advise immediately.

Heatstroke can be fatal and should always be treated as an emergency.

Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:

  • Immediately douse your dog with cool (NOT COLD) water, to avoid shock – your could put them in the shower and run cool water over them, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.

  • Let your dog drink SMALL AMOUNTS OF COOL WATER.

  • Continue to douse your dog with cool water until their breathing starts to settle. NEVER COOL YOUR DOG SO MUCH THAT THEY START TO SHIVER.

Once you have cooled your dog down -TAKE THEN STRAIGHT TO YOUR VET.



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