Hot Cars Can Kill Dogs
Published: 26 June 2012 By Peter Thompson Leave a Comment
As we enjoy a brief glimpse of more expected June summer temperatures, the Dogs Trust (Trust) is reminding us that keeping dogs locked in hot cars can be fatal.
Not something you would expect from a dog loving nation but sadly many people do leave their favourite pets locked in cars on hot days.
In fact a recent survey released by the Dogs Trust showed that over 66% of people have seen a dog locked in a car on a sunny day – mind you rather disturbingly over a third of them did nothing about it.
The Trust has joined forces with the AA and the National Trust to target motorists and visitors with their “Hot Cars Can Kill Dogs” Campaign.
Over the last year AA patrols rescued 832 pets locked in cars.
Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, comments: “It is shocking to see that so many people consider leaving their dog in the car, whatever the weather. You wouldn’t leave your child in the car. Given how quickly the temperature can rise, it is equally unfathomable that you would leave your pet.”
He added: “35 per cent of people who have seen a dog locked in a car have decided to do nothing, but our advice is, if you see it, report it!”
To help you look after your dog, here’s some helpful advice to consider:
- Don’t leave your dog alone in the car - and remember parking in the shade and/or keeping the windows down doesn’t make it safe!
- Try and keep your dog as cool as possible when driving. Don’t travel during the hottest part of the day, use window sun blinds and if possible open a window a little to allow a cooling breeze into your vehicle
- Keep a good supply of water and know where you can stop off on route for water breaks
- If you do see a dog in distress please contact your local police station or the RSPCA.
AA Patrol of the Year, Andy Smith, comments: “The dangers are obvious, you just have to touch the dashboard or seats to know how hot the inside of a car can get. But it’s not just on warm days when dogs are at risk – vehicles can be death-traps even in cooler temperatures.
“So, if you are carrying a dog in the car, plan in some stops, take plenty of drinking water for it and check traffic reports – you want to minimise the time sitting in traffic.”
MoneyHighStreet comments: “It really is staggering that so many people do leave their dogs unattended in their cars and thereby risk seriously damaging their health or even killing them.
“Following the advice given above is a good step in the right direction to help protect your treasured pet.
“Don’t forget too to look after your pets if you are about to enjoy a sizzling barbecue, washed down with a few drinks - don’t leave a plate of uncooked sausages or chicken around for them to find for example, otherwise you could find yourself with a rather unwell dog.”
Anyone wanting advice about travelling with their dog can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk or contact 020 7837 0006.