The current heatwave has seen temperatures soar high into the 30s – good news for UK holiday-makers, but it can make family dogs feel very hot under the collar.
Every year dogs die in cars. In fact, in 2016 the RSPCA received 7,187 calls about animals left in potentially life-threatening hot environments – the majority of which were dogs.
To help raise awareness, Skoda has teamed up with the RSPCA to support the ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ campaign.
The campaign aims to show 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.
“We’re delighted that Skoda is involved in the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign,” said the RSPCA’s Kat Litchfield.
“Dogs are part of the family and leaving them for just a few minutes in a warm car is enough to cause serious suffering or even death.
Our message has been loud and clear for years: don’t leave dogs alone in parked cars. If you spot a distressed animal in a vehicle, call 999 immediately.”
There are things that drivers can do this summer to ensure their 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
- 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