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It’s so hot today you could bake a cookie in your car – don’t let it be your dog

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The UK is experiencing a major heat wave this week, with temperatures reaching 36 degrees Celsius on Thursday. With this apocalyptic weather, we must take EXTRA special care of those most vulnerable.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 25/07/2019, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:44

During the heatwave, everyone is at risk, but the elderly, children, and animals – particularly so. That’s why we must be super vigilant when it comes to their health.

Vigilance is paramount

Only let your animals outside early in the morning or late at night once the temperatures have dropped. Do not walk them on the asphalt when the sun in still shining.

Make sure they are hydrated throughout the day and NEVER ever leave them locked inside a hot car.

It can’t be said enough. Animals die in hot cars. Yet people continue to leave them there. In 2018, the RSPCA received 7,461 calls relating to dogs being locked in hot cars and showing signs of heat exhaustion.

Smoking hot

In an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of cars left in the hot sun, staff from the National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska, decided to place cookie dough inside a parked car and see if it would cook.

It was 36 degrees Celsius on that day, just like it is today in London.  Within just an hour’s time, the pan reached 80 degrees Celsius. The backseat, although in the shade, registered 49 degrees.

On a day like today, within just 20 minutes, the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous and even fatal levels.


In fact, after 8 hours in the car, the cookies came out…baked!

Don’t let your pets bake during the heatwave. Keep them in the house where it’s cool.