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banned6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
On a warm day cars heat up like ovens so dont take your dog along for the ride.

If its very warm outside and youre going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.

It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when its not that warm. In fact, when its just 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes.

Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car, dogs cant cool down leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen wont keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars.

Under the Animal Welfare Act you now have a legal duty to care for your animal and if you put your animal at risk, you could face prosecution. You would also have to live with the fact that your thoughtless action resulted in terrible suffering for your pet.

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day please call the Police on 999.

Heatstroke can be fatal. Do everything you can to prevent it.
Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs with short snouts, fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old or very young dogs. Dogs with certain diseases are more prone to heatstroke, as are dogs on certain medication.

If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. There are some signs to look for:

* heavy panting

* profuse salivation

* a rapid pulse

* very red gums/tongue

* lethargy

* lack of coordination

* reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing

* vomiting

* diarrhoea

* loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.

If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring your vet for advice immediately. Heatstroke can be fatal and should always be treated as an emergency.

Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:

* Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.

* Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water.

* Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.

Once you have cooled your dog down you should take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.

* Your dog should always be able to move into a cooler, ventilated environment if he/she is feeling hot.

* Never leave your dog alone in a car. If you want to take your dog with you on a car journey, make sure that your destination is dog-friendly you wont be able to leave your dog in the car and you dont want your day out to be ruined!

* If you have to leave your dog outside, you must provide a cool shady spot where he/she can escape from the sun at all times of the day.

* Make sure your dog always has a good supply of drinking water, in a weighted bowl that cant be knocked over. Carry water with you on hot days and give your dog frequent small amounts.

* Never leave your dog in a glass conservatory or a caravan. Even if it is cloudy when you leave, the sun may come out later in the day and make it unbearably hot.

* Groom your dog regularly to get rid of excess hair. Give long-coated breeds a haircut at the start of the summer, and later in the season, if necessary.

* Dogs need exercise - even when it is hot. Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening. Never allow your dog to exercise excessively in hot weather.

* Dogs can get sunburned too particularly those with light-coloured noses or light-coloured fur on their ears. Ask your vet for advice on pet-safe sunscreen.
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banned6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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excellent post. I used to work in a car park and it made my life a misery seeing dogs left in cars on hot days. Once I covered a car with loads of broken of branches from a nearby shrub to try and cool the car down. The owner had the cheek to shout at me when he came back from his trip around the market. After that I filled my boot with silver shield sunscreens and discarded beach mats to cover windscreens of parked cars with dog/s in. Then I developed a line for owners when they returned " oh do be careful in this car park, there's a man that lives down the road who takes in rescue dogs, he smashes the rear windscreen of cars that have dogs left in them on hot days". Seemed to stop the repeat offenders.
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chalkysoil
excellent post. I used to work in a car park and it made my life a misery seeing dogs left in cars on hot days. Once I covered a car with loads of broken of branches from a nearby shrub to try and cool the car down. The owner had the cheek to shout at me when he came back from his trip around the market. After that I filled my boot with silver shield sunscreens and discarded beach mats to cover windscreens of parked cars with dog/s in. Then I developed a line for owners when they returned " oh do be careful in this car park, there's a man that lives down the road who takes in rescue dogs, he smashes the rear windscreen of cars that have dogs left in them on hot day". Seemed to stop the repeat offenders.


People are so selfish :x

Rep to you for being so kind :thumbsup:
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I wanted to post it my way, thanks :thumbsup:

Some people don't like links :-D
#5
Is that your dog in your avatar?
banned#6
smithyp1
Is that your dog in your avatar?


My step-mum has a Cavalier KIng Charles Spaniel :thumbsup:
banned#7
DLM
I wanted to post it my way, thanks :thumbsup:

Some people don't like links :-D


Which basically means you want to take credit for writing it :thinking:


But its a good point to raise especially with the recent weather :thumbsup:
banned#8
Paddy Charlie
Which basically means you want to take credit for writing it :thinking:

But its a good point to raise especially with the recent weather :thumbsup:


No, I don't!

It was in an email I received from SPCA.

Here's the link if it makes you happier:-

http://www.scottishspca.org/news/402_dogs-die-in-hot-cars

I am going to the hospital now to collect my imaginary bf :thumbsup:
#9
if you see a dog left in a car take the number down and report them to the police rspca ect
and thanks for the info very good post
banned#10
amazes me people do this...its animal cruelty no matter how you look at it. A tougher line is needed for this abuse. Its not just dogs though, seen other animals affected
#11
I like hot dogs.
#12
mincemaster
I like hot dogs.


jumping frogs......








alllllllbeeeeeeeerqurkie. :thumbsup:
#13
MinstrelMan
jumping frogs......





Very good.


alllllllbeeeeeeeerqurkie. :thumbsup:
#14
casparwhite
in b4 infraction


and reported to RSPCA for taking pictures of an underage dog? :whistling:
#15
MinstrelMan
and reported to RSPCA for taking pictures of an underage dog? :whistling:


dunno about that like but just hope its cuzzy who sees it:-D
banned#16
Bumping because it is another hot day :-D
banned#17
MinstrelMan
and reported to RSPCA for taking pictures of an underage dog? :whistling:


Wow. His report didnt work, so he wants to flag it up by making a bun fight!

Inb4 more name calling and other assorted pathetic comments.
#18
Does anyone know if the RSPCA were ever sucessful in prosecuting the police officer who accidently left his dog to cook last year? Last I heard was that they were trying to make an example out of him as destructively as they could, which pretty much cost them a lifetime of donations from me. Anyone know anything?
#20
I remember friends of ours (he was a Doctor) left their Golden Retriever dogs in the back of their car during a school speech day and the dogs died from over heating. To be fair they were beside themselves with regret, it was hard for them losing their beloved dogs and in such a way as they were to blame and losing their respect within the community. He was prosecuted and given a lifetime ban from keeping animals but the thing is they still got another dog and put the Kennel Club details in the wife's name.
It didn't take long at all to kill the dogs and the windows were left ajar, it's a horrible story, I remember the dogs being wonderful big soppy dogs, but shows it can happen to anyone silly enough to leave their dog in the car on a sunny day - even a doctor.
#21
Can I add not to leave them in conservatories either? My bro-in-law used to trap his dog in their conservatory (it was a huge room), it not occurring to him how hot it could get in the heat of the day. Just because it's overcast in the morning, does not mean it's ok all day. Poor thing was OK, but he learnt his lesson with an awful fright when he came home that day.
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Cheers. I'll drop you a bag of rep in a minute.

sickly sweet
I remember friends of ours (he was a Doctor) left their Golden Retriever dogs in the back of their car during a school speech day and the dogs died from over heating. To be fair they were beside themselves with regret, it was hard for them losing their beloved dogs and in such a way as they were to blame and losing their respect within the community. He was prosecuted and given a lifetime ban from keeping animals but the thing is they still got another dog and put the Kennel Club details in the wife's name.
It didn't take long at all to kill the dogs and the windows were left ajar, it's a horrible story, I remember the dogs being wonderful big soppy dogs, but shows it can happen to anyone silly enough to leave their dog in the car on a sunny day - even a doctor.



...which is exactly why the RSPCA lost all respect from me. I just don't get it. They of all people should know how close pet owners get to their animals. Dogs especially, people love them like they're their children. There's people who kill their pets through neglect, like not feeding them or whatever, and there's people who make a stupid mistake that leads to their death. Ruin scum that abuse their animals, definitely. Tear them apart. But good people that just forget to think? It's just so spiteful.

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