Thursday, 16 July 2015

Hot Cars Kill Dogs!

With the recent hot weather it's always a good idea to spread the word about not leaving pooch's in cars on summer days. The Dogs Trust have a great site about not doing so and why with some surprising stats! Did you know for example that it only takes a few minutes for a dog to suffer the effects of being left in a car. Even if that car has its windows left open or has been left in the shade it is still not safe! In under 20 minutes, a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41°C. On a 22°C day it can reach 47°C in the car in an hour! At 26°C outside it can reach 37°C in just 10mins!

Dogs overheat quickly which means they could be at serious risk in only a short time.

This video shows why!

A dog left in a hot car will start to show distress through excessive panting, whimpering or barking, their gums or tongue may be red, there may be heavy salivation, vomiting, lack of coordination or even lack of consciousness. This will then develop into a loss of muscle control and ultimately their kidneys will cease to function, the brain will become damaged and their heart will stop.

The Dog's Trust's Chief Vet gives these helpful tips:
  • Don’t leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes – even if it seems cool outside it can become very hot, very quickly. Parking in the shade and/or keeping the windows down does not make it safe!
  • If you see a dog in distress in a parked car, please call the Police on 999. If the police are unable to attend, please call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999. If you are at an event often the organisers will be able to break a window having previously warned the car owners.
  • Make sure you keep your dog as cool as possible when driving. Avoid travelling during the heat of the day, use sun blinds on the windows and consider opening a window a little to allow a cooling breeze to circulate in the vehicle
  • Make sure you have a supply of water and know where you can stop off on the way for water breaks. Dogs are not able to cool down as effectively as humans, so can suffer from heat stroke and dehydration very quickly
  • If you are present at the rescue of a dog from a hot car that is clearly in distress, seek immediate veterinary advice. The very first priority is to prevent the dog from getting any hotter, attempt to provide shade from the sun and move to a cooler area. Dampening the dog down with cool (not freezing) water will help start to bring the body temperature down
  • Wet towels can be used to cool a dog but these must be regularly changed or spraying them down with water and placing them in front of the air conditioning vent to enhance evaporation on the way to the emergency appointment

  • If you are organising any sort of event then the Dog's Trust has a couple of posters which you can print out and put up. Download them here and here.

    You can also get some free stickers from them! You can order up to 5 stickers by emailing your name and postal address to

    Did you know:
    • More than one in 10 people know of a dog that has come to harm left in a parked car in hot weather
    • Last year AA patrols attended more than 1,000 pets locked in cars
    • Brits are far more likely to leave their dog in a car alone for a few minutes (28%) than their phone (10%)
    Also remember those hot pavements on your pooch's feet! It’s always best to avoid the hottest times of day, so if you can, walking in the early morning or evening is advisable. This way you’ll avoid very hot pavements which can be uncomfortable for your pup.


    1. Taking care of our dogs is a must. It is sad to hear stories of dogs being left in the car and dying because of the heat. Responsible pet owners must see to it that they take into consideration their time and activity to better care for their pets. The same is true with bathing. Too frequent baths are not beneficial - and so is not washing our pets. Twice a week is usually the norm, so we should keep that in mind. For tips on how to bathe and wash your Fido, see this:

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