(Kennel Club Press Release) As the British weather starts to look promising, the Kennel Club is renewing calls to keep dogs safe by never leaving them unattended in a car.
Each year the Kennel Club hears awful reports of dogs being cooked alive after being left in a car in hot weather, a situation which can so easily be avoided.
In common with many animals, dogs are extremely sensitive to heat, and even on a mildly warm day they can quickly overheat – even with the car windows open and water available – as temperatures can quickly heat up to around 50 degrees Celsius.
The summer months are filled with dog shows, agility competitions and many other events which see dog lovers coming out in force, and the Kennel Club urges anyone in charge of a dog to ensure they keep it safe by not leaving it unattended in a car in warm weather.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Whilst the summer sun can never be guaranteed in this country, recent sunny spells remind us that even on a fairly warm and cloudy day cars can get very hot, very quickly, and could prove fatal to our much loved pets.
“Dogs die traumatic deaths every year from quite literally being cooked alive so we urge people to take extra care when out and about with their dogs, whether that is at a show or simply whilst popping to the shops.
“Even cars left in the shade can heat up alarmingly quickly and dogs feel this even more than we do, so we urge people to avoid leaving dogs in the car alone regardless of whether or not the windows are open and they have access to water.”
For those travelling with their dogs during the summer months, the Kennel Club has issued the following advice during warm weather.
- Consider the weather and your journey in advance, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your car. Think about whether the journey is absolutely necessary for your dog.
- Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the car and isn’t confined or forced to sit in direct sunlight.
- Make sure there is shade provided: even in an air conditioned car a dog can become too hot if in full sun.
- Make sure plenty of stops are taken with lots of water available to drink.
- Take cold water in a thermos rather than a plastic bottle so it stays cold rather than being lukewarm. Ice cubes are helpful in a thermos for cooling too.
- Leave a dog unattended in a car, even with the window open and water available.
- Take them out of the car and leave them in a secure, cool place with access to shade and water or take them with you, there are plenty of places that are part of the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly campaign (formerly Open For Dogs) and will allow dogs in.
- Let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion in hot weather, or stand in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.
- Pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car. Whether it be in a supermarket car park or at a show, make sure you let someone in authority know and if in doubt call the police on 101 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.