With the “UK heatwave”….ok yes I know it gets hotter elsewhere! But we Brits don’t always react responsibly when our inclement weather goes tropical! We're out in it trying to tan to a crisp or going about life as though nothing has really changed. (I would add that I’m not sure it’s just the UK, as I see internet posts in other countries describing similarly horrific stories)
So what I’m talking about, is dogs unnecessarily suffering, even dying, because people don’t realise how the heat changes, affect their dogs.
Even with the window down the temperature in a car can be too much for a dog and air conditioning in cars doesn’t always reach the boot, so whilst the passengers may be getting an icey breeze, the dog “safely” behind the dog guard is being roasted!! 20 minutes and the temperature in the car can be enough to kill. With a temperature of 20 degrees outside rapidly rising to 40 inside the car we need to think about whether our journey is necessary. We also need to think about the affect of the heat on them at home, in the garden, in the conservatory as well as the car and even the caravan!
I took my girls out for a walk during the evening yesterday and even though it was “cooler” it was still pretty warm (20 degrees at 9pm) before long there was lots of panting going on and water required.
TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE IN THE HOT WEATHER......
I'm Helen - I'm just a dog owner, adopter and fosterer. I believe the work that Paws Crossed Rescue does is fantastic; saving so many dogs and supporting them in to loving homes.Its heart breaking that there are so many out there that don't make it to one of the many rescues and more fosterers and forever homes are needed.