DO NOT leave your dog in a hot car – it could die!
On the hottest day of the year so far, a group of workmen in Bristol had to smash a car window to let three dogs out that had been left inside.
It’s unbelievable after all the reports and warnings given to pet owner’s about the dangers of leaving them in a hot car, that people still choose to ignore the fact that their beloved pet dog could die if left inside.
One person reportedly placed a not on the windscreen which said: “Dogs die in hot cars! You have been reported to the police.”
The RSPCA said in a statement that their emergency hotline had received 3,832 calls related to animals and heat exposure between 1 June and 24 July this year and since the heatwave began, three dogs have sadly died after being left in hot cars, yet the message still doesn’t seem to be sinking in!
In such hot weather conditions it is not, as many people believe, okay to leave a dog in the car with the windows open slightly or if you park in the shade.
The RSPCA and the Dogs Trust do remind dog owners regularly about the dangers of leaving pets in cars during hot weather.
Leaving a dog in a hot car for just 20 minutes can prove fatal, as the inside can reach as high as 47ºC in just ONE hour and this can happen when the outside temperature is a pretty low 22ºC.
The best advice in such hot weather is to leave your beloved pets at home, where they can lie safely in the shade with water close by until you return home.
If you have no option but to take your dog with you in the car, make sure you take a bowl and plenty of water and wet towels to cool he or she down. Consider using sun blinds on the windows to block out the sun and open all the windows to let the air in. Don’t park up and leave your dog in the car.
REMEMBER – just 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal for a dog!
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