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Dogs Die In Hot Cars Every Year

Dogs Die In Hot Cars
27/04/2018 Parkvets

NOBODY EVER THINKS IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM

“NOT LONG” IS TOO LONG..

April 2018

Every Summer Dogs Die From Heat Stroke

Despite high publicity concerning leaving dogs in hot cars or over exposing them to direct sunlight, Parkvets still see a number of heat stroke patients every year and sadly, not all of them make it.

Many people still believe that leaving your pet in a car on a hot summer’s day with the windows down, even for a short while will be okay. The truth is, it is an extremely dangerous choice to make and you can be putting your pet at risk of heat stroke. Did you know, a car can become as hot as an oven very rapidly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm outside? One of our vets tested this for himself last year and sat in a hot car on the UK’s second hottest day of the year. Although the outside temperature was 29°C, in just 23 minutes, the vehicle reached an unbearable 49.8°C!

 

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day and are displaying any of the following signs of heatstroke please dial 999 immediately:

  • Is the dog panting heavily?
  • Is the dog drooling excessively?
  • Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated?
  • Is the dog collapsed or vomiting? 

For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually. If you are able to, move the dog to a shaded/cool area and immediately douse the dog with cool water. Allow the dog to drink small amounts of water and take the dog to the nearest veterinary practice as a matter of urgency.

We highly recommend that on a hot summers day you protect your pets from direct sunlight by keeping them in cool, shaded areas. Walk your dog at cooler times of the day and avoid long or intense exercise. If you think your pet is showing any signs of heatstroke, you must seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

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