Devon: 'Hot Dogs' Left In Cars
16 June 2014, 08:01 | Updated: 16 June 2014, 08:02
Dogs can die from heatstroke in as little as 20 minutes.
Now, we're being warned not to leave them in stuffy staionary cars.
It doesn't even have to be a warm day to kill and leaving a window open or a sunshield on windscreens won't keep your car cool enough.
If you're concerned about a dog in a car the advice is to ring the police on 999.
Or you can call the RSPCA 24-cruelty line 0300 1234 999
Below are some of the early signs of heatstroke:
- heavy panting
- profuse salivation
- rapid pulse
- very red gums/tongue
- lack of coordination
- reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing
- vomiting diarrhoea loss of consciousness.
Some dogs are more prone than others:
- dogs with short snouts fatter/muscley
- dogs long-haired breeds old/young dogs
- dogs with certain diseases/on certain medication
Act quickly, heatstroke can be fatal!
If dogs show any signs of heatstroke, move them to a shaded, cool area.
Ring your vet immediately. Urgently, gradually lower their body temperature.