Dogs Die in Hot Cars


We all love to get outside and enjoy the sunshine when comes out. However, for dog owners it’s very important to remember the hot weather might not be as much fun for our furry friends.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

You may not be aware but dogs heat up quickly and cool down very differently to humans and heatstroke can result in serious complications for dogs.

That means things like:

  • Never leaving your dogs in a car
  • Not excessively exercising your dog
  • Planning walks at cooler time of the day
  • Always having plenty of water for your dogs
  • Making sure your dog has shade to cool off in, whether inside or outside
  • Trying to keep your dog out of the direct sun. Dogs can get sun burned – especially white dogs or those with little hair.
  • Thinking twice about any car trips with your dog and, if essential, planning time for water breaks and trying to avoid congested roads at busier times of the day Dogs Die in Hot Car RSPCA
Information from the RSPCA Dogs Die in Hot Car Dogs Trust
Information from the Dogs Trust