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Don’t leave your dog alone in a car.
If you are going out in the car think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.

It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it is not that warm. In fact, when it is 22°C/72F outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117F within 60 minutes.

Unlike humans dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car dogs cannot cool down and leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen will not keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars.

You have a legal duty to care for your animal and if you put your animal 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

Heatstroke – early warning signs

Heatstroke can be fatal. Do everything you can to prevent it.
Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs with short snouts  fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds as well as very old 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
lack of coordination
reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.

Heatstroke – first aid
If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring your vet for advice 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 – you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, 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.

Top tips for warm weather
1    Your dog should always be able to move into a cooler, ventilated environment if he/she is feeling hot.

2    Never leave your dog alone in a car. If you want to take your dog with you on a car journey, make sure that your destination is dog-friendly as you will not be able to leave your dog in the car and you do not want your day out to be ruined!

3    If you have to leave your dog outside, you must provide a cool shady spot where he/she can escape from the sun at all times of the day.

4   Make sure your dog always has a good supply of drinking water in a weighted bowl that cannot be knocked over. Carry water with you on hot days and give your dog frequent small amounts.

5    Never leave your dog in a glass conservatory or a caravan. Even if it is cloudy when you leave, the sun may come out later in the day and make it unbearably hot.

6    Groom your dog regularly to get rid of excess hair. Give long-coated breeds a haircut at the start of the summer and later in the season if necessary.

7    Dogs need exercise – even when it is hot. Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening. Never allow your dog to exercise excessively in hot weather.

8    Dogs can get sunburned too and particularly those with light-coloured noses or light-coloured fur on their ears. Ask your vet for advice on pet-safe sunscreen.

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