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Dogs in hot cars

With summer desperately trying to start through the wind and the rain, we thought it was a good time to talk about dogs in hot cars. We’re sure you know that dogs being in a hot car for too long can kill them. Of course, if you’re anything like us, we’re sure that you want to take your dog with you on adventures and holidays. We know that you don’t want anything to happen to your dog on a long journey, so we thought we’d make a list of helpful tips to keep your dog cool and happy in your car. We urge you to read this and other information about keeping dogs in cars in hot weather, the more you read, the less likely an accident can occur! Before we get to some tips, here are some FAQs about dogs in hot cars.

How long can I safely leave my dog in a warm car?

It isn’t recommended that you leave a dog in a hot car at all. Heatstroke can occur really quickly and can lead to death.

If I leave my car in the shade or keep the window open, can I leave my dog in the car?

Again, no. The temperature inside can still rise to dangerous levels quickly.

If I leave some water in the car, is that okay?

Again, no. Dehydration is a big problem for dogs in hot cars, but heat stroke can still occur if your dog has access to water.

The signs of heat stroke in a dog

DribblingHeavy pantingDiarrhoea and vomitingVisible weakness and tiredness Collapse

Tips for travelling with your dog on a hot day

So, keeping a dog in a parked car Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. on a hot day is a strict no, no. Even for just a few minutes. However, you can safely travel with your dog on a warm day, but there are some things to consider when you take your dog on a long journey on a hot day.

Keep the windows down or the air conditioning onIf your dog is in full sun, use the sun shades to block it. Even with the air conditioning on, being in full sun can still cause heatstroke.Take plenty of breaks and have lots of water available Ensure your dog has plenty of roomKeep water cool with a thermosPlease be aware of signs of your dog overheating.

You should plan your journey in advance, particularly if you do not have air conditioning in your car. Think about whether the trip is absolutely necessary with your dog. If this trip is a holiday, for example, make sure you know where you can stop along the way. Plan regular stops for water and loo breaks, but also consider a longer break, somewhere you can walk your dog. This will keep them tired for the journey, allow them to stretch their legs and keep them cool.

What to do if you see a distressed dog in a hot car

Dogs in hot cars can deteriorate quickly, so you must take action. You must make an assessment on how urgent the situation is. If the dog is distressed or you are sure it soon will be, dial 999 and ask for the police.

If the car is parked in a supermarket, for example, you may be able to reach the owners over the tannoy. However, make sure someone stays with the dog. You will also need to note down the colour and type of car and the registration number.

The Kennel Club has some good advice on what to do if you find a dog in a hot car, please give it a read, it may save a dog’s life.

We hope this look at keeping dogs in hot cars has been helpful. Please share this article with your friends and family to ensure they know what to do on a hot day. We love our dogs and always want to take them everywhere with us, but sometimes their safety is what’s more important. You have to consider how safe your dog will be if they are left in a hot car for any length of time. If they won’t be safe, leave them at home. It isn’t worth losing your best friend over, is it?

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