Monday 28 May 2012
After a long period of wet overcast weather, the temperature in Swale has suddenly warmed up over the last week.
While people are making the most of the sunshine dog owners are being warned not to leave their pets to cook in hot cars.
During the hot spell in September 2011 the RSPCA received 170 reports from people worried about animals left in hot cars “ three times as many calls as average which is usually about 50 calls.
All too often, owners make the mistake of thinking that it is sufficient to leave a bowl of water or a window open for their pet but this is not enough to protect your pet from heatstroke, which can have fatal consequences.
Swale Borough Councils animal control officer Tim Oxley said the message is: "Dogs die in hot cars. Dont leave your dog alone in a car, it really isn't worth taking the risk, if you are going out in your car, leave your dog at home".
These are the guidelines from the RSPCA.
As an example, the temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 47 degrees within 60 minutes when the outside temperature is 22 degrees. Even in lower temperatures, if it is sunny or slightly warm outside, a vehicle can become hot very quickly.
Other dangers are:
The most obvious sign of heat stroke in dogs is excessive panting and profuse salivation. Other signs include:
Owners who fear their dog may be suffering from heat stroke should act with great urgency. Pets should be moved to a cooler spot straight away before ringing your vet for advice immediately.