Dogs in hot cars: the dangers of heatstroke

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Many of us in the UK are set to see temperatures rise up to 30°C, with the possibility of higher in London and the South East. Whilst many of us may rejoice at the heat and an opportunity to top up your summer holiday tans, we’d like to spread awareness of the complete and utter importance of NOT leaving your dog in a car. Temperatures can increase rapidly in a car, causing dogs to overheat and suffer from heatstroke.

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Parking your car in the shade, leaving a bowl of water for your dog or the windows open will not prevent the onset of heatstroke. A dog can suffer from heatstroke within just 15 minutes, which if left without immediate veterinary attention, could be fatal.


Symptoms of heatstroke include, but are not limited to:

-Severe panting

-Excessive thirst

-Vomiting

-Lethargy

-Lack of coordination

If you see your dog or any other dog displaying these symptoms, please take them to a vet as quickly as possible.

If you see a dog in a hot car, please call the police straight away and stay with the vehicle. 

 

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