GSPCA respond to a dog in a hot car – Please take care of your pets in the warm weather

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday the GSPCA were called out to a dog that had been left in a car on what was another very hot day.

The dog as reported by Guernsey Police was recovered and taken to the GSPCA.

Lorna Prince the Animal Welfare Manager and Annabelle Janes Animal Care Assistant and Collection Officer attended the scene and worked alongside the Guernsey Police.

The dog which is now fine and back with the owner highlights the importance of not leaving any pet at risk in the warm and sunny weather.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “The GSPCA take animals left in cars very seriously and especially during the hot sunny periods.”

“It is unacceptable to leave your dog in a car even for a short time as the vehicle can quickly become extremely hot in the current weather and can kill.”

“If you see a dog at risk in a car please call us as soon as possible on 01481 257261.”

With another sunny week ahead of us the GSPCA want to ensure all pet owners take care of their animals.

The GSPCA during hot weather always receive reports from concerned members of the public that have seen dogs locked in cars and other animals in glass houses.

With the warm weather and direct sunlight, dogs in cars are potentially in a situation where you could kill your pet if it is left, regardless of the situation.

The GSPCA would like to remind all dog and indeed all owners with pets that they shouldn’t be left in cars and those that have access to conservatories, green houses and other such environments need to be aware of the risks to their animals.

Many of us love to enjoy the sunny warm weather but we are urging pet owners to be mindful of their animals.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car.

If it’s very warm outside and you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.

Many Islanders will be flocking to the beaches over the weekend and and many more to the events held around Guernsey, but please ensure that your dogs aren’t left in your car or other pets put at risk.

It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm. In fact, when it’s 22°C/72°F outside like it will be today, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes.

Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car, dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars.

Even with current legislation in Guernsey if it can be proven that your dog is suffering you can face prosecution. You would also have to live with the fact that your thoughtless action resulted in terrible suffering for your pet.

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day please call the GSPCA on 01481 257261.
Heatstroke – early warning signs
Heatstroke can be fatal. Do everything you can to prevent it.
Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs with short snouts, fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old or very young dogs. Dogs with certain diseases are more prone to heatstroke, as are dogs on certain medication.

If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. There are some signs to look for:

heavy panting
profuse salivation
a rapid pulse
very red gums/tongue
lethargy
lack of coordination
reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
vomiting
diarrhoea
loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.

Heatstroke – first aid
If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring your vet for advice immediately. Heatstroke can be fatal and should always be treated as an emergency.

Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:

Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock – you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.
Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water.
Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle – never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.

Once you have cooled your dog down you should take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.
Top tips for warm weather

Your dog should always be able to move into a cooler, ventilated environment if he/she is feeling hot.
Never leave your dog alone in a car. If you want to take your dog with you on a car journey, make sure that your destination is dog-friendly – you won’t be able to leave your dog in the car and you don’t want your day out to be ruined!
If you have to leave your dog outside, you must provide a cool shady spot where he/she can escape from the sun at all times of the day.  Please remember that shade cover can move during the day.
Make sure your dog always has a good supply of drinking water, in a weighted bowl that can’t be knocked over. Carry water with you on hot days and give your dog frequent small amounts.
Never leave your dog in a glass conservatory or a caravan. Even if it is cloudy when you leave, the sun may come out later in the day and make it unbearably hot.
Groom your dog regularly to get rid of excess hair. Give long-coated breeds a haircut at the start of the summer, and later in the season, if necessary.
Dogs need exercise - even when it is hot. Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening. Never allow your dog to exercise excessively in hot weather.
Dogs can get sunburned too – particularly those with light-coloured noses or light-coloured fur on their ears. Ask your vet for advice on pet-safe sunscreen.
Make an ice lolly or ice cream dog treat for your dogs to crunch and chew to cool down.

Please be mindful of the other pets in your care and where you keep them and ensure they don’t get trapped in places such as greenhouses and conservatories.

By following this advice we at the GSPCA hope you and your pets enjoy the sunny weather.

For further advice on animals in hot weather please click here.

Here is a link to one of many sites where you can find out how to make Doggy Ice Cream but please remember to ensure your dog has an appropriate and balanced diet - please click here for details.

If you have a light coloured pet then for advice on how to avoid them getting skin cancer please click here.

We have lots of animals in need of homes. Could you help us advertise them? To download a the posters please click here. or to share them on social media please click here.

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