Call us naive, but we like to think that no-one would willingly leave their dog to suffer in a hot car. Yet we still hear horror stories every year about dogs dying after developing heatstroke from being left in a vehicle on a hot day.
Perhaps people think it won’t happen to their dog or that they’re only nipping into the shop for a few minutes. Or maybe they think that because they’ve parked in the shade or left a window slightly open, then that’s OK. But it’s not.
The infographic below from Ignitionline is a timely reminder of just how dangerous the hot weather can be for dogs. The primary reason for this is that dogs have a hard time regulating their body temperature and keeping cool – they can only really sweat through their paws, and so if they’re put in a really hot environment, they struggle to cool down.
And that’s when heatstroke kicks in – in literally only a few minutes if it’s particularly warm – so keep your eye out for symptoms such as heavy panting, lethargy, excessive drooling, vomiting and collapsing.
If you spot a dog trapped in a hot car, then the first thing you need to do is try and alert the owner, presuming they’re nearby. If not, then you need to phone the police and alert them to the issue. You may then also be tempted to smash the window of the car, although beware this could be classed as criminal damage if the owner doesn’t deem it necessary action.
So just stay aware this summer and keep your eyes peeled for poor pooches trapped in hot cars. And if you’re a dog owner and think it’s OK to leave your dog in the car for just a few minutes, it really isn’t. Just don’t do it.
Link to Article & Infographic: http://www.ignitionline.com/dogs-die-in-hot-cars-infographic
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