With temperatures set to continue to soar this summer, Huntingdonshire District Council is supporting pet charities’ campaigns to stop owners leaving their dogs in cars with the temporary message 'Dogs Die in Hot Cars' appearing in car parks across the district.
The Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign stresses the dangers of leaving dogs alone in vehicles. A three-degree rise in the animal’s body temperature could prove fatal.
Stencilled messages will continue to be added in busy car parks across Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots reminding people not to gamble with their pet’s life.
Executive Councillor for Operations and Regulation, Marge Beuttell said: "That split-second decision to leave a dog in the car even for a short while could prove fatal. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly which is a very dangerous situation for a dog."
If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs include: panting heavily, drooling excessively, appearing lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, vomiting and if the dog has collapsed.
Top tips from the RSPCA for keeping your dogs cool include:
- walk your dog in the early morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler
- tarmac can get very hot in the sun. Try the ‘seven-second test’, if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws
- make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of fresh water throughout the day
For more information visit the RSPCA’s website for helping a dog in a hot car.