I have some good news and some bad news this summer.
Good news? We are finally getting some summer sun and heat in the UK! (about time..)
Bad news? Every year rescue charities and the police receive thousands of distress calls about dogs being left in hot cars in the sun. Some end with devastating consequences.
It’s always a reoccurring problem we have in the UK and the worst part is that every single of those tragedies could have easily have been avoided.
Many forget that dogs have a different way of regulating their heat than humans and unfortunately overheat much more easier than us. Dogs regulate heat from sweating from their paws and panting. When you have a vehicle left in the sun with temperatures as low as 20 degrees Celsius temperatures can easily rise to over 50 degrees which is over half the rate of boiling water. As a result they can collapse and have heatstroke within minutes.
Unfortunately taking measures such as opening windows slightly, placing a water bowl inside is not sufficient enough as dogs have died before with those put in place. It might delay the process of dehydration but it will not delay the process of the dog getting heatstroke.
For those unfortunate enough to come across any dogs that are locked in a car in the heat be sure to contact the owner if applicable, call the police on 101 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and make sure you have plenty of fresh water and shade available. Do not attempt to break the car window without speaking the police first.
Most know that dogs do not ask a lot from us and the least we can do for them is to ensure that their safety is always a priority even if it means thinking before popping into the supermarket to buy a carton of milk.