Dogs rescued from sweltering car while owners have fun at theme park
The majority of us dog owners fully understand the danger of leaving pups in cars on hot days. Sadly, two incidents last weekend show there are still owners who ignore the rules.
Published on the 04/08/2020, 21:00
A sunny weekend
Last weekend was hot and sunny across much of the country. But unfortunately, the pleasant weather had its downsides and led to calls to police after three dogs were left in sweltering cars while their owners had fun in the sun.
Police on the Isle of Wight shared pictures of two very hot English Springer Spaniels being rescued from a car in the car park of the Blackgang Chine theme park. It seems that their owners had left them in the car while they enjoyed the rides at the theme park.
Dog loving passers-by
Thankfully, concerned passers-by alerted the police who were able to rescue the dogs from the car, alert the owners and no doubt speak sternly to them about the dangers of leaving their pups in a car on a hot day.
And, showing just how big a problem this still is, photos also emerged from Hildred Shopping Centre in Lincolnshire of a pup who had been left in a sweltering 4x4 while their owners went shopping.
A real danger
The hot weather can be a nightmare for our canine pals. Heatstroke is a dangerous condition for dogs that is all too common, particularly when dogs are left in cars where leaving the window open isn't enough to control the temperature.
Evidence shows that the temperature outside doesn’t even have to be especially warm and just a few minutes in a car can be enough to cause this fatal condition.
We'd urge all dog owners to avoid leaving their dogs in cars, especially on warmer days.
Frequently asked questions
Can dogs get heatstroke?
The answer is a resounding yes. Dogs can and do get heatstroke and the condition can prove fatal if not treated right away. The problem is especially worrying when dogs are left in cars as the windows can cause the temperature to rise beyond the temperature outside.
Find out more about heat stroke in dogs.
Can I take my dog out in hot weather?
On hotter days, it's a good idea to walk your dog first thing in the morning and later in the evening to prevent them from overheating or burning their paws.
Find out how to protect your dog's paws in the summer.
What are the signs of dehydration in dogs?
Symptoms of dehydration include: loss of skin elasticity, lethargy, dry nose and gums, excessive panting, vomiting, diarrhoea, and loss of appetite.
Find out how to treat dehydration in dogs.