‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ Campaign
The RSPCA campaign aims to teach families they should never leave a dog alone in a vehicle and always keep windows open, or use air conditioning while driving to keep pooches in maximum comfort.
Figures from the RSPCA last year show that we have approximately 8.5 MILLION dogs as pets in Great Britain, but unfortunately large numbers of dogs die every year in hot cars.
ŠKODA has teamed up with the RSPCA to provide guidance on how to look after your pooches in hot summer conditions.
This month temperatures have risen to a scorching 34 degrees Celsius in some places, which equates to an unbearable 60+ degrees Celsius inside vehicles and at these temperatures a dog can die within minutes.
A ŠKODA spokesperson said, “We worked with the RSPCA on the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign to help convey a positive message around what is a difficult and sometimes harrowing subject – cool dogs are happy dogs. We hope that drivers will benefit from the RSPCA’s advice and dogs will be safer."
Top tips to ensure your pets are safe while travelling, no matter what the distance:
- Never leave your dog alone in the vehicle so they don’t get anxious or overheat
- In hot weather, always have the window open when driving to help keep your dogs cool. Summer can be a very dangerous time for dogs on their travels
- Always carry water with you to keep your dog hydrated
- Invest in appropriate pet restraints, such as a pet barrier or seat belt, to ensure your dog remains in the back of the car throughout your journey
- Take regular breaks to provide water for your dog 6.Where possible exercise your dog with a short walk during your breaks
- When the vehicle is moving, don’t let a dog hang its head outside car windows, no matter how much they enjoy it!
- Before embarking on a long journey, take your dog on short journeys to get them used to travelling in the car
- Take your dog for a walk/exercise before travelling
- Make sure there aren’t any loose items that could harm your dog in the boot or on the back seat of your car
- Bring their favourite blanket or toy to help relax your dog
For more information on the RSPCA’s Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign visit www.rspca.org.uk.