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DDIHC: If you see a dog left in a hot car, call 999

A car can become an oven. When it is 22 degrees outside the inside of a car can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within an hour.

Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them. Yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life by leaving them alone in a car on a warm day. 

Many people still believe it will be OK if the windows are open slightly or they have parked in the shade, but it’s still dangerous. 

Whilst not every dog will die if left in this situation, at the very least they are likely to experience distress, discomfort and anxiety, but will you gamble with your dog’s life?

Louise Clarke-Payne from NAWT Cornwall is constantly echoing this sentiment. She said: "Leaving the windows ajar and parking in the shade is still very dangerous on a hot day and the temperature in a car will soar very quickly.

"Dog owners would never dream of putting their loving four legged family member in any other life threatening situation, but leaving them in hot car seems still to be a risk some owners are willing to take. 

"We urge people to share this campaign once more to help educate people in the risks involved and how quickly a dog is in danger of dying when left in a hot car. 

"Caravans of course are just as bad and holiday makers should make alternative arrangements such as local dog day care or day boarding. It could save a life!" 

Why is it a problem?

If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke which can be fatal. 

Some types of dogs are more prone to heatstroke, for example very old or very young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with short, flat faces. 

If your dog is on certain medication or has an underlying health condition it may also make them more susceptible. 

What should I do if I am concerned for the welfare of a dog who has been left in a car?

First of all - establish the health/condition of the dog. If they are panting or drooling excessively or displaying any signs of heatstroke - please dial 999 immediately

How can I help?

Monday 6th May is Dogs Die In Hot Cars Awareness Day.

Please help us raise awareness of this issue by sharing our campaign on social media, click here to Tweet and share the word! 

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