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ISPCA warns that 'dogs die in hot cars' and leaving the window open isn't enough

Dog owners are advised to plan in advance before taking pets on any journeys.

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DOG OWNERS ARE being warned not to leave pets in cars during the hot weather.

The ISPCA is reminding pet owners that ‘dogs die in hot cars’.

The charity said that leaving a window open is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences.

With the warm weather due to continue ISPCA Public Relations Officer Carmel Murray said:

We all love the sunshine but it is also important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.

“Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, means that body temperatures can reach an abnormal high and can result in damaging effects.”

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Dog owners are advised to plan in advance before taking pets on any journeys.

Murray said to make sure that the destination is dog friendly and has a cool area with plenty of shade.

“A constant supply of cold drinking water is advisable and also to stop regularly to give your pet water breaks.

“Planning is key, ensuring you don’t have to stop where dogs are left in extreme heat.

You may think leaving the car window open will alleviate the risk of heat stroke, but under intense sunshine this is not sufficient so if you want to bring your pet on a journey – it’s important to have a source of cool air from the windows/sunroof or air conditioning.

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“If you need to take the dog in your vehicle during hot weather, make sure you take them with you when you get out.”

The ISPCA says that if your dog shows signs of distress such as excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapses in the heat – move it to a cooler area immediately.

They also advise for you to spray the dog with cool (not cold) water, give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away.

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