Paws For Thought To Keep Dogs Cool This Summer
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Britain experienced a scorcher of a summer with temperatures soaring into the thirties during the last two months. Forecasts are expected to stay sunny, which is good news for sun-seekers but the heat can make family dogs feel very hot under the collar.
The recent heatwave has led to a surge in calls to the RSPCA, the animal charity received more than 2,835 calls over the past month from concerned members of the public.
Temperatures in cars can rise very quickly. Even at a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius outside, a car can reach an unbearable 47 degrees Celsius in under an hour. A dog can die within minutes in a hot car, warning that owners should never risk leaving their dog in the car, even for short periods.
To help raise awareness, one car manufacturer has created a series of pictures called ‘Cool Dogs in Cool Cars’ featuring RSPCA rescue dogs, to show pet owners that they should never leave a dog alone in a vehicle. When driving the advice is to always keep windows open or use air conditioning to keep pooches in maximum comfort.
“Our pet dogs are part of the family so it’s great that so many families choose to take their canine companion with them on holiday and for days out,” RSPCA dog welfare expert, Lisa Richards said.
“If you face a long journey with your four-legged friend it’s really important to make sure everyone is safe, secure and comfortable for the duration of the drive.”
In 2017, the RSPCA received 7,876 calls about animals left in hot environments.
There are things that drivers can do this summer to ensure their pets are safe while travelling, no matter what the distance:
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