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Dogs die in hot cars.
Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them or their much loved family pet, yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life and every summer dogs die in hot cars.
Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they are parked in the shade. The truth is it’s still very dangerous and while not every dog left in this situation will die, at the very least they are likely to experience distress, discomfort and anxiety.
A car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it is 22°c outside - within an hour - the temperature in a car can reach an unbearable 47°c.
Please join Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross, British Parking Association, British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust, The Kennel Club, Mayhew, National Animal Welfare Trust, National Police Chiefs Council, PDSA, RSPCA, TeamOtis-UK and Wood Green The Animals Charity in raising awareness of this issue.
If you see a dog in distress in a hot car please dial 999.
If you are planning to be out and about with your dog this summer - here are some handy tips to help keep your dog happy and healthy:
Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler so they will be at reduced risk of heatstroke.
Tarmac can get very hot in the sun - check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it - if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
If you’re planning a day out - check first whether dogs are welcome at the visitor attractions you plan to visit. If dogs are not permitted - either look for a dog friendly alternative attraction or arrange for a pet sitter or kennels.
Make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of fresh water throughout the day.
Don’t let your dog get sunburnt - use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of their skin such as the tips of their ears and nose.
For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/RSPCA-DogsHotCars
The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of all animals.
As well as rescuing and rehabilitating animals, we campaign to ensure all animals' welfare needs are met.