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The dangers of leaving your dog in your car – especially during particularly hot weather and over the summer months in general – are widely known. Heat stroke can kill a dog in under an hour, so do not take any chances. Never leave a dog in a locked car, even if it is just for a short time.
If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce and regulate their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke.
If a dog is displaying any signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and take them to a vet as soon as possible, as they can quickly develop fatal internal organ failure.
Warning signs of heat stroke in dogs include:
Some types of dog are more prone to heatstroke, including:
Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more at risk.
For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered, but this must be done gradually:
Please refer to the RSPCA’s website for advice on the dangers, plus tips on how to spot the early signs of heat stroke and first aid.