Sunny days can be a problem when you have a furry friend to look after – especially when you know you need to drive them somewhere.
Ideally, the less time your dog spends in a car on a hot day the better but if you need to get them from A to B, we have some handy tips for helping them keep cool.
If you do have to take a trip, there are a few things you can do to help keep your dog safe, such as:
Because cars can get very hot when they’ve been sitting in the sun, it can be a good idea to switch the air con on to cool everything down before you set off.
To help your dog regulate its body temperature, be sure to take breaks as often as you can. Get out the car and spend time somewhere shady.
Be sure to avoid the times of the day when heat is at its peak to ensure that the car is more comfortable for your dog. Early mornings can be one of the coolest times to drive.
If your dog has a long or thick coat, this could leave them less able to cool down in hot weather. A trim can be helpful.
A bottle of water and a collapsible water bowl should be part of your summer kit, because you want to make sure your dog is able to have a drink regularly.
Laying a cooling mat down for your dog can help them stay a little cooler and more comfortable when you’re on the road.
Sun screens can cut down on the mount of sun that’s able to get into your car, reducing the overall heat as well as cutting down glare.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says that it can take as little as 15 minutes for dogs to develop heatstroke when they are overheated, so it’s very important to avoid hot environments and also to keep an eye out for signs of distress.
Signs of overheating in dogs
According to the RSPCA, even days that feel reasonable can actually be too hot for leaving a dog in a car. When it’s 22 degrees Celsius outside, a car could reach 47 degrees within an hour, which is hot enough to cause distress, suffering and harm.
Be sure to minimise car time where you can and don’t leave your dog alone while you’re parked when the weather is hot.Text here ...