5 tips for hot days and dogs in cars
5 tips for hot days and dogs in cars, should a dogs body exceed 41*C, it can prove fatal to your dog.
Temperatures in a car can exceed what is tolerable to your dog within minutes, it will become evident through barking, whimpering and excessive panting, leading into multiple organ failure.
1. If you are planning to travel with your dog, make sure you have all of the necessities you use on a regular basis, including emergency contact numbers, including vets in the area / areas you will be travelling to.
2. Never leave your dog in a parked car, hot day or not even for a few minutes, even if it is cool outside, parking in shade, and leaving windows down still do not make this safe.
3. Make sure you avoid travelling and walking during the heat of the day, where possible, use sun blinds on the windows and allow ventilation when driving.
4. Make sure your pet has a fresh supply of water at all times, if travelling in car, make sure you plan ahead to know where you can stop off to provide your pet water breaks.
5. Dogs are not able to cool down like humans, they can suffer from dehydration and heat stroke very quickly. Wet towels that are dampened regularly can start to bring the temperature of a dog down. If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, call your vet immediately.
Make sure if you see a dog in distress in a parked car, if in the UK please call the police on 999, if they are unable to attend, the RSPCA have a 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
If you are in another country, please call the appropriate authority / police.