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Too Hot To Handle

Never leave your dog alone in a hot car. Many people still think it is alright to leave a dog in a car on a warm day. If they park in the shade or leave the windows slightly open they think their dog will be okay. IT IS NOT. It is very dangerous. When it’s just 22 degrees your car can get to an intolerable 47 degrees within the hour. Don’t forget also that leaving a dog in a caravan or Conservatory can also have the same effect.

If a dog is showing signs of heatstroke dial 999 immediately. The warning signs of heatstroke are if the dog is panting or drooling excessively. The dog may appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated or it may have collapsed or be vomiting. If you believe the situation is critical you may choose to break the car window to free the dog. Please be aware that without proper justification this could be classed as criminal damage and you may find yourself in court.  Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do, why and take pictures and witness details.

Move the dog to a a shaded and cool area. Douse the dog with cool water (not cold as it may cause shock). Continue gently dousing until it’s breathing starts to settle. Don’t do so much that you cause the dog to shiver. Give the dog small amounts of cool water to drink. Once stabilised take the dog to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.

If the dog is  not displaying signs of heatstroke try and ascertain how long the dog has been left. A pay and display ticket could help. If the car is at a supermarket or a venue take a note of the registration and ask the staff to put a message over their tannoy to alert the owner of the situation.

If you need advice call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. However if the dog is in danger always call 999 first.