Your dog could die in a hot car

If you’re a dog owner, there’s bound to have been a time you’ve been tempted to leave your dog in the car while you nip out to get something. You may be in a hurry, or the shop may not accept dogs.

However tempting it may be, never leave your dog in the car during summer months. The result could be fatal.

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‘Not long’ is too long

Your car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22°C outside, your car can reach an unbearable 47°C within an hour - leaving the window open simply won't keep your car cool enough.

Nobody thinks it'll happen to them

Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved pet, yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life. Every summer, dogs die in hot cars.

It’s not OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day, even if the windows are left open or you’ve parked in the shade. Even if the dog doesn’t die, they’ll experience severe distress, discomfort and anxiety.

Dial 999 if you see a dog in a hot car

If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, please dial 999 – the police are able to respond quickly and are best equipped to help in this situation.

You may think calling the RSPCA or other animal welfare organisations is the right thing to do. But in an emergency where the dog’s life is at risk, they’re not always able to get there in time. They also have no powers to enter the vehicle to rescue the dog.