Although the vast majority of us would never dream of leaving a dog in a vehicle as temperatures soar, as this can be fatal in as little as 15 minutes, it is still important to make sure that dogs are kept safe and comfortable whilst on journeys. Here are our top 5 tips to help keep dogs safe in cars during hot weather spells.
1. Keep your dog cool
Dogs can’t cool down as easily as humans, so even if you are feeling comfortable in the car, your dog could be becoming overheated and dehydrated. With this in mind, keep an eye on your pet during any journey and consider using sun blinds and opening car windows to allow for in-car air circulation.
2. Keep your dog secure
It is not safe for your pet, or for yourself or other passengers, to let dogs sit on someone’s lap or to put their head out of the window on a journey. Keeping your dog secure means less distraction for the driver and in the event of an accident or an emergency stop, your dog won’t get thrown around.
3. Don’t shout at your dog
In the event that your dog becomes vocal when you are driving, try and ignore any off-putting barking. If you shout at your pet, this indicates to them that they have your attention so it is best, where possible, to wait until their vocalising has subsided before you stop to let them out of the vehicle.
4. Keep your dog safe from heat stroke
On long journeys, take lots of water and a supply of dog food, and if your dog hates travelling by car, take him / her on short trips beforehand, with the offer of a treat afterwards or a walk as a reward. Park in a shady area if you stop at some point, to keep the vehicle as cool as possible for when you return to it.
5. What to do if you see a dog inside a hot car
If you see a dog inside a car in the heat and are worried about its welfare, at first, try to alert the owner. If this is not possible, contact RSPCA immediately via their 24-hour helpline (0300 1234 999) or the police.
We hope that you have found our blog useful and informative – please feel free to share to others who may benefit from our tips. Stay up to date with all of the latest automotive news right here on Rosedale Leasing’s Newsroom, or follow us on Twitter @Rosedale Leasing. As usual, we would love to hear your thoughts and would be very happy any tips that you may have to help keep our dogs safe in cars during hot weather.