DOG owners are again being reminded not to leave their pets locked in cars or conservatories during the summer.
Senior vet Simon Davies, from the Avonvale Veterinary Centres, says temperatures inside a car can reach 120 degrees within minutes.
“Cars and conservatories can quickly become like ovens and an animal can die within 20 minutes from heatstroke – even if the windows are slightly down and there’s a bowl of water.”
Simon also advised against walking dogs on hot days and throwing balls or Frisbees to chase.
“It is much better that they stay cool with plenty of water. Breeds such as boxers and collies will not stop playing, even though they are dangerously dehydrated, and will suddenly collapse. Others such as King Charles spaniel, Staffordshire bull-terrier and bulldogs are also particularly susceptible.”
Signs of dehydration include excessive panting and heaving flanks, which aids heat loss as dogs can only sweat through their pads. If a dog shows signs of heat exhaustion a vet must be called immediately and the dog hosed down, covered in wet towels or fanned. Dogs also need access to water at all times – even on walks.
Anyone seeing a dog left inside a parked car on a warm day is advised to contact the police on 999 for assistance or the RSPCA 24-hour Cruelty and Advice telephone line 0300 1234 999.