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Drivers warned not to leave dogs in cars

As temperatures are expected to reach in excess 35 degrees, police warn to keep dogs out of unbearably hot cars.

* A fifth (19 per cent) of dogs have suffered from heatstroke

* In 35 degrees heat, the inside of a car can reach 51 degrees in just 20 minutes

* The majority (79 per cent) of owners have never thought to use sun cream on their pets,
but it is strongly recommended for short haired dogs

* Even in the evenings, 21 degrees outside can turn into 40 degrees inside a car in just 30 minutes

As temperatures are set to reach highs of over 35 degrees Celsius in some parts of the UK, police are reminding owners not to leave their pets in parked vehicles and take extra precautions in the hot weather. Dogs need plenty of fresh air and water during the heat and should not be left unattended in parked cars. Research has revealed that nearly a fifth (19 per cent) of dogs have suffered from heatstroke.

Research from San Francisco State University found that when the outside air temperature is 35 degrees Celsius, the inside of a car can heat up to 45 degrees within just 10 minutes and 54 degrees in 30 minutes. This can be catastrophic for dogs who are at risk of heatstroke, and in some cases, this can be fatal.

Even when the sun goes down, drivers should take extra care as when the temperature is a much lower 21 degrees, the inside of a car can heat up to above 40 degrees in just half an hour.

Tips for keeping your dog safe this summer:

• Do not leave your dog in a parked car for any length of time as the car will heat up very quickly

• Limit the duration and intensity of your dog’s exercise

• Exercise early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperatures are cooler

• Apply dog friendly sun cream to dogs, especially those with short hair

• Keep your animal in the shade when the temperatures are at their highest

• Always keep a fresh water supply with you for your dog when going out in the heat to ensure they remain hydrated

• Check the ground is not too warm before your dog walks on it – if the back of your hand can’t
stay on the concrete for at least five seconds due to the heat then it is too warm for your dog

25 July | Amber Sound FM News


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