Keeping Dogs Cool in Summer
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 13 June 2017
As summer heat is hopefully now coming our way, drivers who are dog owners need to think about having their pets in the car.
Animals are unable to sweat in the way that humans can. Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws, so if you have left your dog in the car on a hot day, it only takes a few minutes for him to succumb to the symptoms of heatstroke.
On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water, and a bowl. Ensure your dog is able to stay cool on a journey. If the weather is really hot, think about leaving the dog at home for the day.
If you think that your dog might be too hot, then you must stop somewhere safe and let him get out of the car. Give him a good drink of water and spend some time resting in a cool and shady spot.
If you see any of the signs of heat exhaustion like excessive thirst, heavy panting, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes or dizziness, you need to get your dog to a veterinary surgeon as soon as possible.
Don’t forget that it is not only dangerous but also illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. If the animal becomes ill or dies, the owner is likely to face a charge of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This offence can bring a prison sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to £20,000.”