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Further Heatwave Warnings Following Dog Rescue From Hot Car

21 July 2014

ANALYSIS - Animal welfare charities have renewed their pleas to pet owners after a dog was left inside a car on the hottest day of the year, writes Gemma Hyland.

Police were forced to smash the windows of the car on Saturday when the dog was discovered locked inside at Finsbury Park, north London.

RSPCA chief vet James Yeates said: “A hot car can be a death trap for dogs, it’s as simple as that. Leaving your dog in a car, even on an average warm, even cloudy day, can put your pet at huge risk of suffering and even death.

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The dog was captured cowering in the footwell on the driver's side of the car
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“This is not a new warning, but sadly too many people still don’t appreciate how dangerous it can be to leave a dog in a hot car, conservatory or caravan. Don’t let your dog be the one to find out the hard way.”

The temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C (117°F) within 60 minutes, even when the outside temperature is just 22°C (72°F).

Opening a window or leaving a bowl of water for your dog will make little difference and still leaves dogs in serious danger of suffering from heatstroke, which can be fatal.

Temperatures in air conditioned cars can reach the same temperature as outside within just five minutes of the air conditioning being turned off.

The Kennel Club has issued the following advice to keep dogs safe during the heatwave:

  • Always provide access to fresh, cool water and shade, preferably in a well-ventilated area.
  • Don't expose your dogs to unnecessary heat - consider walking them early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day and take cool water with you on your walk. Also be aware that high humidity can equally cause risk to a dog's health.
  • Plan your days carefully and never leave a dog unattended in a car or tied up outside. Search for dog friendly places that are part of the Kennel Club's Be Dog Friendly campaign and will allow dogs inside at
  • Never let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion in hot or humid weather, or stand in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.
  • Be aware of the signs of overheating in dogs, which include panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and losing consciousness.
  • Never pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car. Whether it be in a supermarket car park or at the pub, make sure you let someone in authority know and if in doubt call the police on 101 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

What to do if your dog overheats:

  • Contact the vet immediately.
  • Move the dog out of the heat.
  • Offer the dog cool, rather than cold, water for small drinks if the dog is still conscious.
  • If possible, fan the dog with cool air.
  • Wrap in cool, damp towels or spray with cool, not cold, water. Pay particular attention to the head.
  • Cool the dog's tongue by dabbing with a cold, damp cloth.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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