With the warm weather due to continue, the charity is reminding pet owners that ‘dogs die in hot cars’. Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences.
“We all love the sunshine but it is also important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal” said Carmel Murray, ISPCA Public Relations Officer.
Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, means that body temperatures can reach an abnormal high and can result in damaging effects. If your dog shows signs of distress such as excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapses in the heat move your pet to a cooler area immediately and spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away.
“You may think leaving the car window open will alleviate the risk of heat stroke, but under intense sunshine this is not sufficient so if you want to bring your pet on a journey it is important to have a source of cool air from the windows/sunroof or air conditioning. Be sure that the destination is dog friendly and has a cool area with plenty of shade. A constant supply of cold drinking water is advisable and to also stop regularly to give your pet water breaks. “Planning is key, ensuring you don’t have to stop where dogs are left in extreme heat”, says Carmel. If you need take the dog in your vehicle during hot weather, make sure you take them with you when you get out.
For more information, visit www.ispca.ie