Summer is here and the weather is really hotting up. Some of us may have already suffered a spell of heatstroke and will know how uncomfortable it is, but we are not the only ones that are vulnerable in particularly warm weather; if a dog has heatstroke, its condition can be life-threatening.
In the UK it might not be illegal to leave your dog in a car, but it is illegal to mis-treat or abuse an animal in your care. Leaving your dog in a hot car is deemed animal neglect under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and you may face a fine and a good telling-off for your troubles. Noticing a dog trapped in a car on a warm day can also be very stressful for passers-by as it places them in an impossible situation. Do you smash the window to get the dog out? Or do you just sit back and wait for the owner to return?
Hot cars are not the only places that dogs are at risk during warm weather. Caravans and conservatories also pose a heatstroke hazard. Glass is an insulator and a conservatory can quickly become a greenhouse with your dog inside. Open windows, close blinds and place a fan in the area if your dog has to be left, but try to avoid this on hot days.
If you see a dog in a hot car this summer, it is best to call the police or the RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234999.
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Written by Hannah Dyball