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Dogs die in cars



Every year as the weather gets warmer FOUR PAWS receives tragic reports of dogs that have died of heatstroke in cars. So if you’re driving around please think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.


It can get extremely hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm. When it’s just 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within one hour. In a hot car, dogs are not able to cool themselves down as unlike humans they pant to keep cool – leaving a window open won’t keep the car at a temperature where panting is effective.




Dogs die in cars. Don't leave dogs in cars.


- We’re not talking about a few isolated cases but rather a major gap in public awareness.


- Even if it’s not for long and the windows are open, leaving your dog in a car is still signing their death warrant. FOUR PAWS believes that there is simply no excuse for this.


- It’s not just blazing sun that turns a car into an oven. Even in cloudy weather or winter sun car temperatures can still soar.


- Air conditioning is little use to your dog. When it’s turned off, a car can revert to the outside temperature in just 5 minutes.


- Dogs simply cannot cool down like humans. In just 20 minutes, they can die from heatstroke. FOUR PAWS is urging the public not to risk causing their beloved companions to die in this terrible way.


- Finding a dog left in a car is an emergency and their life will depend on your actions. If the car is parked in a store car park or at a public event, have an announcement made asking the owner to return to their car immediately. If this doesn’t work, you will need to dial 999 or the RSPCA’s 24 hour cruelty line on: 0300 1234 999.


- Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, profuse salivation, diarrhoea and vomiting. If you suspect that your dog has heatstroke, move them to a cool area in the shade and phone the vet for advice straight away.


- If dogs are put at risk by being left in cars, their owners can be prosecuted and FOUR PAWS strongly supports this.