Warm weather warning over leaving dogs in carsBy Victoria Smith
May 25, 2012
Pet owners are being warned not to leave animals in cars, conservatories or caravans following dozens of reports of furry friends being left in hot places.
The RSPCA is warning leaving pets in hot cars can have fatal consequences.
Since May 21, the charity has received 195 reports of animals being left in hot places. Of these 172 cases were dogs.
In the south east there have been 36 incidents involving a total of 44 dogs.
RSPCA south east regional superintendent Paul Stilgoe said: “Most people seem to know the ‘don’t leave dogs in hot cars’ message, but I think they just don’t think anything bad will happen to their pets, particularly if they’re just leaving them for a few minutes.
“What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory or outbuilding could be their pet - that’s how serious this is.”
The temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 47 degrees within 60 minutes when the outside temperature is just 22 degrees.
Owners who fear their dog may be suffering from heatstroke should act quickly. Pets should be moved to a cooler spot straight away before ringing your vet for advice immediately.
Douse your dog with cool (not cold) water. You could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, spray your dog with cool water and place him/her in the breeze of a fan. Never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver
Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water
Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle and then take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.
Visit www.rspca.org.uk for more information.